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USS Achomawi (ATF-148)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Kilo - Alpha
NGKA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal



USS Achomawi (ATF-148) was transferred to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Ta To (554)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
  • Laid down as (AT-148) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-148), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 14 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Achomawi (ATF-148), 10 November 1944, LT. Robert H. Teter in command
  • During World War II USS Achomawi was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS Achomawi (ATF-148) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.2.7 Target Vessel Group - Salvage Units for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 10 June 1947, at Orange. TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1962
  • Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Taiwan in 1991, renamed ROCS Ta To (554)
  • Current Disposition, active in Taiwanese service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38'6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel Oil 2,275 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four GM 12-278A 750hp Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    USS Achomawi (ATF-148)
    Achomawi 1264k Stern view of USS Achomawi (ATF-148) prior to launching, 14 June 1944, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C. USS Chawasha (ATF-151) is on the ways just beyond.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Achomawi 617k USS Achomawi (ATF-148) launching, 14 June 1944, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Achomawi 33k USS Achomawi (ATF-148) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by David Thomas to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Achomawi
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1220-46
    80k USS Achomawi (ATF-148) off Mare Island, 26 March 1946 at the end of an overhaul period at Mare Island Navy Yard. Shipyard records indicate overhaul period started 6 March 46 and was completed 1 April 1946. In this group of fleet tugs a large smokestack as in the Navajo class was restored, but it was shorter and had a large cap.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1220-46.
    Darryl Baker and Mike Green
    Achomawi
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. Unknown
    104k
    Achomawi
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. 19-N-94928
    92k
    Munsee 196k USS Achomawi (ATF 148) outboard of USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. Just forward of Munsee is USS Current (ARS-22) and forward of that ship is (from left to right) are USS Lipan (ATF-85), USS Deliver (ARS-23) and USS Preserver (ARS-8).
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1247-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Munsee 222k USS Achomawi (ATF 148) outboard of USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. Aft of the two tugs are USS Harnett County (LST 821) and YD-33.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1248-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Achomawi 183k Forward plan view of USS Achomawi (ATF 148) alongside USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946. USS Harnett County (LST 821) and YD-33 are aft.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1249-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Achomawi 188k Aft plan view of USS Achomawi (ATF 148) alongside USS Munsee (ATF-107) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 March 1946.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1250-46.
    Darryl Baker
    Achomawi 75k USS Achomawi (ATF 148) washing down USS New York (BB-34) at Bikini Atoll in July 1946 after one of the two atomic bomb tests the old battleship endured. Alan Owens
    ROCS Ta To (554)
    Achomawi 37k Ex-Achomawi (ATF-148) seen here in Taiwanese service as ROCS Ta To (554) .

    USS Achomawi (ATF-148)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Teter, Robert H.10 November 1944 - ?
    02LT. McCullar, C. H.1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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