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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)
    Length 205'
    Beam 39'
    Draft 17' (max)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 68
    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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    Papago 148k 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.
    Daniel Treadwell
    Papago 303k USS Papago (ATF-160) underway at sea in April 1955, location unknown. Alan Owens
    Papago 98k USS Papago (ATF-160) underway, circa 1969 Submitted by Rich Paxton to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Papago 66k USS Papago (ATF-160) in Chesapeake Bay, during a savage training exercise, date unknown. Tudor ApMadoc web site
    Papago 83k USS Papago (ATF-160) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Rick Watson, Storekeeper USS Papago 1982-83
    Paiute 97k 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)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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