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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.
  • Merchant History
    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)
    Length 205'
    Beam 39'
    Draft 17' (max)
    Speed 16 kts.
    8 Officers
    68 Enlisted
    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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    Alsea 64k USS Alsea (ATF-97) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Brian Kroenung EMC(SW) YTB-809
    Alsea 521k USS Alsea (ATF-97) under way, date and location unknown. Joseph Colombara USS Abnaki
    Alsea 175k 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.
    Daniel Treadwell
    Alsea 85k 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.
    Merchant Service
    Alsea 41k Ex-Alsea (ATF-97) in merchant service as the tug Ikosiena moored pierside, at Aliaga, Turkey awaiting scrapping. Alan Chapman

    USS Alsea (ATF-97)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Cuthbert, Cecil, USN13 December 1943 - 1 May 1945
    02LT. Schmehl, Stuart Ross, USNR1 May 1945 - March 1946
    03LT. Bryan, William John, USNMarch 1946 - July 1946
    05LTjg. Gamache, Samuel Cresswell, USNMarch 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
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    Last Updated 6 March 2015