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ATA-226



ATA-226 was transferred to the France and renamed RFS Rhinoceros (A668)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 8 March 1945, by the Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX
  • Launched, 13 April 1945
  • Canceled by the War Shipping Administration in 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Sold in 1947 to France, commissioned RFS Rhinoceros (A668)
  • Final Disposition, broken up for scrap in March 1981
    Specifications:
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    ATA-226 118k Ex-ATA-226 in the Republic of France naval service as RFS Rhinoceros (A668), underway circa 1953, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Marius Bar from the 1953-54 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst

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