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USS Utina (ATF-163)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Golf - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

USS Utina (ATF-163) was transferred to Venezuela, renamed ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-21)

Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 6 June 1945, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 31 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Utina (ATF-163), 30 January 1946, LT. Amande J. Vetro in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 September 1971
  • Loaned to Venezuela, 3 September 1971, renamed ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-21)
  • Struck from the Naval Register in December 1977 and sold under the Security Assistance Program to Venezuela, 1 December 1977
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,205 t.(lt) 1,589 t.(fl)
    Length 206'
    Beam 38' 6"
    Draft 17' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 85
    one single 3"/50 gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    four 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 screw, 3,600shp
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    USS Utina ATF-163
    Utina 566k USS Utina (ATF-163) underway for sea trials in January 1946.
    A US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Utina 42k USS Utina (ATF-163) underway, date and location unknown. Submitted by Harry Jaeger to NAFTS
    National Association
    of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Utina 506k USS Utina (ATF-163) underway, circa 1955, location unknown. Alan Owens
    Utina 55k USS Utina (ATF-163) in Narragansett Bay, 20 November 1965. © Richard Leonhardt
    Utina 109k USS Utina (ATF-163) underway, circa 1950s-60s, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo (UA-64), number unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-21)
    Utina 104k Ex-Utina (ATF-163) in Venezuelan service as ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-21), at Barcelona, Spain, 7 August 1983. Note the inscription "Guardacostas" (Coast Guard) on her side. Photo by Fabio Peńa
    Utina 84k ARBV Felipe Larrazábal (R-21), at Barcelona, Spain, 7 August 1983. Note the inscription "Guardacostas" (Coast Guard) on her side. Photo by Fabio Peńa

    USS Utina (ATF-163)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Vetro, Amande John30 January 1946 - 30 June 1946
    02LT. Nelson, George Irwin30 June 1946 - 20 December 1946
    03LT. Marshall, Joseph, USN20 December 1946 - 3 October 1947
    04LT. Hazelbaker, Bill, USN3 October 1947 - 1949
    05LT. Ashman, Richard Clemens1951 - 1953
    06LT. Calvin, Luther Louis1953 - 1955
    07LT. Brown, R. J.1955 - February 1958
    08LT. Birch Jr., Stanley Wadsworth, USNFebruary 1958 - July 1959
    09LCDR. Knutson Sr., Donald Wayne, USN (51)July 1959 - July 1961
    10LT. Bekkedahl, Clifford Lewis, USNJuly 1961 - June 1963
    11LT. Cannon, James Rowland, USN (56) June 1963 - May 1965
    12LCDR. Lester, William EdwardMay 1965 - March1967
    13LT. Hensley, Hershal WayneMarch 1967 - 13March 1969
    14LT. Callaway, Linnaeus T.13 March 1969 - 15 April 1971
    15LT. Malone, Robert N.15 April 1971 - 23 August 1971
    16LTjg. Fritz, John C.23 August 1971 - 3 September 1971
    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
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