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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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Contributed by Al Grazevich
USS Papago (ATF-160)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Alpha - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
Laid down, 19 March 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
Launched, 21 June 1945
Commissioned USS Papago (ATF-160), 3 October 1945. LT. W. S. Hall in command
Decommissioned, 28 July 1992
Struck from the Naval Register, 14 February 1995
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 29 December 1997
Laid up at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, (as of June 2010)
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,646 t.(fl)
Draft 17' (max)
Speed 16 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
two single 20mm AA gun mounts
four General Motors 12-278A diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines, single screw, 3,600shp
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||USS Papago (ATF-160) underway, circa 1954, location unknown.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-646417, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Papago (ATF-160) underway at sea in April 1955, location unknown.
||USS Papago (ATF-160) underway, circa 1969
||Submitted by Rich Paxton to National
Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
||USS Papago (ATF-160) in Chesapeake Bay, during a savage training exercise, date unknown.
||Tudor ApMadoc web site
||USS Papago (ATF-160) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||Rick Watson, Storekeeper USS Papago 1982-83
||USS Paiute (ATF-159), USS Papago (ATF-160) and USS Recovery (ARS-43) in storage near Portsmouth, VA., 18 October 1994. In the back of the basin are two patrol missile hydrofoil patrol boats of the Pegasus class, three ocean minesweepers, USS Fortify (MSO-446) and two others. DVIC Photo DNSC9501404
||Don S. Montgomery, Defense Visual Information Center
USS Papago (ATF-160)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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 19 December 2014
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