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USS Salinan (ATF-161)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Alpha - Sierra
NQAS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) -Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)



USS Salinan (ATF-161) was transferred to Venezuela and renamed ARBV Contralmirante Miguel Rodriguez (RA-33)
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 13 April 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 20 July 1945
  • Commissioned USS Salinan (ATF-161), 9 November 1945, LCDR. Robert M. Whelpley in command
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred, cash sale, under the Security Assistance Program, 1 September 1978, to Venezuela, renamed ARBV Contralmirante Miguel Rodriguez (RA-33)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,330 t.
    Length 205'
    Beam 38' 7"
    Draft 16' 9"
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    Diesel-electric, four General Motors 12-278A Diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
    single propeller, 3,600shp

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    USS Salinan (ATF-161)
    Salinan 90k USS Salinan (ATF-161) commissioning ceremony, 9 November 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Salinan 200k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway off the Atlantic coast, mid-1946.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Salinan 46k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway in Chesapeake Bay, 1954. Submitted by Tom Lourigan to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Salinan 64k USS Salinan (ATF-161) crew photo 1954. Submitted by Tom Lourigan to National
    Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Salinan 48k USS Salinan (ATF-161) crew manning the rail, circa 1950 of 1960.
    US Navy photo # 83818 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Photo courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 118k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway at sea during the 1960s or early 1970s.
    US Navy photo # 98659 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 134k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway at sea during the 1960s or early 1970s. Note that a target raft may be on her after deck.
    US Navy photo # 98660 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 480k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway at sea in July 1961, location unknown. Alan Owens
    Salinan 90k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway, circa 1968. The original caption reads: "Salinan (ATF-161) underway, displaying the array of heavy towing and lifting gear which forms her 'main battery'. The basic mission of seagoing tugs such as Salinan is to salvage and tow other ships of the fleet that have been damaged in battle or by weather. They can serve as the flagship of a salvage unit assigned to a specific task, and are frequently called on to tow floating drydocks and other non-self-propelled craft long distances."
    US Navy photo # 98805 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 91k USS Salinan (ATF-161) underway during a dependent's cruise, 18 May 1968.
    US Navy photo # 98806 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 108k View of USS Salinan (ATF-161)'s port bridge while underway during a dependent's cruise, 18 May 1968.
    US Navy photo # 98807 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 94k USS Salinan (ATF-161) in port, with an SH-3 "Sea King" helicopter on her deck, June 1976. She had recovered the helicopter from seventy feet of water after it crash landed and sank ten miles off the coast of Ponte Vedra, southeast of Mayport, FL. The aircraft belonged to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron One (HS-1), based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL.
    US Navy photo # 98817 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 96k USS Salinan (ATF-161) moored pierside at Naval Station Mayport, FL., circa mid-1978.
    US Navy photo # 88036 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 83k USS Salinan (ATF-161) moored pierside at Naval Station Mayport, FL., circa mid-1978.
    US Navy photo # 88037 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 86k USS Salinan (ATF-161) moored at Naval Station Mayport, FL., circa mid-1978.
    US Navy photo # 88038 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Salinan 74k USS Salinan (ATF-161) being released from a tow from USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, June 1972. Photo by Greg Bevirty ETN2 USCG. Terry Wright USCGC Ingham
    Salinan 82k USS Salinan (ATF-161) Welcome Aboard brochure cover. Tom Langford
    ARBV Contralmirante Miguel Rodriguez (RA-33)
    Salinan 93k ARBV Contralmirante Miguel Rodriguez (RA-33), Ex-USS Salinan (ATF-161) out of commission and moored at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, 20 December 2007. Alan Owens

    USS Salinan (ATF-161)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Whelpley, Robert Marshall9 November 1945 - ?
    02LCDR. Rule, John FranklinAugust 1951 - August 1955
    03LT. Husty, Richard MarshallAugust 1955 - April 1957
    04LT. Swan, Robert Sheridan1962 - 1963
    05LT. Blundell, Peveril1963 - 1964
    06LT. Kenyon, Morton William1970 - 1971
    07LT. Shade, Robert James1971 - ?
    08LT. Wilbanks, Joe Dan1973 - ?
    09LT. Bankert Jr., Harland RolandJuly 1975 - 7 September 1977
    10LT. Barbero, Mark7 September 1977 - 1978
    11LT. Boyd, William Linwood (Chip)1978 - 1 September 1978
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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