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USCGC Avoyel (WMEC-150)
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USCGC Avoyel (WAT-150) (1956 - 1966)
USS Avoyel (ATF-150) (1945 - 1947)
USS Avoyel (AT-150) (1945)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Sierra - Oscar
NGSO
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Navajo Class Fleet Ocean Tug
  • Laid down, 25 March 1944, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 9 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Avoyel (AT-150), 8 January 1945 at Charleston, S.C., LCDR. William R. Brown in command
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug ATF-150, 15 May 1945
  • During World War II USS Avoyel was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Avoyel was assigned to Occupation duty in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 1 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 11 January 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 9 July 1956
  • Commissioned USCGC Avoyel (WAT-150), 3 October 1956 and assigned to Eureka, CA.
  • Reclassified Medium Endurance Cutter (WMEC-150) in 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1969, and permanently transferred to the US Coast Guard
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 30 September 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for commercial service, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,205 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 2,275 Bbls
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric four GM 12-278A Diesel-electric driving four Allis Chalmers generators
    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 Avoyel (AT-150)
    Avoyel 403k USS Avoyel (AT-150) underway on the Cooper River at Charleston, S.C. during builders trials in December 1945. Note Measure 32/17Ax camouflage. Alan Owens USMM
    USCGC Avoyel (WAT-150) / (WMEC-150)
    Chilula 27k Ex-USS Chilula (ATF-153) and ex-USS Avoyel (ATF-150) being towed in 1956 by USCGC Cherokee (WAT-165) to the Coast Guard Yard Curtis Bay , MD. for conversion to Coast Guard service. The harbor tug alongside is unidentified.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Alan Owens
    Chilula 61k Ex-USS Chilula (ATF-153) be converted for Coast Guard service at the Coast Guard Yard, Curtis Bay, MD. in 1956. Astern of Chilula is ex-USS Avoyel (ATF-150) also undergoing conversion to Coast Guard service.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Alan Owens
    Avoyel 47k USCGC Avoyel (WAT-150) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Avoyel 35k USCGC Avoyel (WMEC-150) passing Angel Island while out bound from San Francisco Bay heading back to her homeport of Eureka, CA. Bay in 1959. Submitted by Sam Giuliani to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Avoyel 48k USCGC Avoyel (WMEC-150) passing Naval Station Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island while out bound from San Francisco Bay heading back to her homeport of Eureka, CA. Bay in 1959. Submitted by Sam Giuliani to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Avoyel 26k USCGC Avoyel (WMEC-150) moored pierside at Fields Landing, CA., circa 1964. Submitted by Bill Fowler to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors

    USS Avoyel (ATF-150)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Brown, William Ruben8 January 1945 - ?
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Avoyel; 1956 AT / ATF / WAT / WMEC-150
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