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USS Alsea (ATF-97)
USS Alsea (AT-97) (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Xray - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
Laid down,29 November 1942, as Fleet Tug (AT-97) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 22 May 1943
Commissioned, USS Alsea (AT-97), 13 December 1943, LT. Cecil Cuthbert, USN, in command
Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-97), 15 May 1944
During World War II USS Alsea was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
Decommissioned, 15 April 1955
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Flee, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Acquired by Amphitrite Shipping & Trading Corp. S.A., Panama in 1976 and renamed Ikosiena
Owner name change to Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A., Panama, 1978
Arrived in tow at Aliaga for demolition by Seltas A.S, 20 June 1996
Final Disposition, scrapping began, 25 July 1996, and was completed later that same year
Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,646 t.(fl)
Draft 17' (max)
Speed 16 kts.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel-electric - four ALCO Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three Cooper- Besmear auxiliary services engines
single propeller, 3,600shp
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||USS Alsea (ATF-97) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) YTB-809
||USS Alsea (ATF-97) under way, date and location unknown.
||Joseph Colombara USS Abnaki
||USS Alsea (ATF-97) under way, circa 1954, location unknown.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-646416, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Alsea (ATF-97) under way amidst Arctic ice flows during Operation "Skyhook II", 28 June 1954.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-664425, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives..
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||Ex-Alsea (ATF-97) in merchant service as the tug Ikosiena moored pierside, at Aliaga, Turkey awaiting scrapping.
USS Alsea (ATF-97)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Cuthbert, Cecil, USN||13 December 1943 - 1 May 1945|
|02||LT. Schmehl, Stuart Ross, USNR||1 May 1945 - March 1946|
|03||LT. Bryan, William John, USN||March 1946 - July 1946 |
|05||LTjg. Gamache, Samuel Cresswell, USN||March 1954 - April 1955 |
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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 6 March 2015
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