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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
ATA-214 Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Projected as Yard Net Tender Yaupon (YN-96)
Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-72), 20 January 1944
Laid down, 29 January 1944, at Canulette Shipbuilding Co., Slidell, LA.
Name canceled, 12 August 1944, redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-218, 15 May 1944
Launched, 16 September 1944
Commissioned, USS ATA-218, 10 March 1945
During World War II USS ATA-218 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS ATA-218 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 to 29 September 1945
Decommissioned, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold thorough the War Shipping Administration, 3 January 1947, presumably for scrapping
Displacement 1,550 t. (limiting)
Length 194' 6"
Beam 34' 7"
Draft 14' 1" (limiting)
Speed 12.1 kts
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel, 935 Bbls
Busch Sulzer Mod 539 Diesel-electric engine
two 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller 1500shp
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||USS ATA-218 underway, probably around the time of her completion in March 1945. She was the last of a group of five tugs to be completed. Note the elimination of her 3" gun, while still retaining the gun platform forward of the bridge. The 3" gun was replaced by two single 40-mm guns on the forecastle.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-85222, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 22 March 2013
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