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USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380)
USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) (1948 - 1966)
USS Yakutat (AVP-32) (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Whiskey - Juliet
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Germany Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (4)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (4) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) was transferred to South Vietnam and renamed RVNS Tran Nhat Duat (HQ-3) and later transferred to the Philippines
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 1 April 1942, at Associated Ship Builders Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 2 July 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Yakutat (AVP-32), 31 March 1944, CDR. George K. Fraser USN in command
  • During World War II USS Yakutat was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 17 July to 10 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 8 September to 14 October 1944
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 25 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS Yakutat was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 20 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1946, at NAS Alameda, Alameda, CA.
  • USS Yakutat (AVP-32) earned four battle stars for her World War II service
  • Transferred on loan to the US Coast Guard, 31 August 1948
  • Commissioned USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380), 23 November 1948
  • Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-380), 1 May 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register with permanent transfer to the US Coast Guard, 26 September 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) was assigned to Coast Guard Squadron Three, Vietnam, from 17 May to 31 December 1970 and participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    31 May 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    10 to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 July to 18 December 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 to 6 and 16 to 19 July 1970
    30 July to 7 August 1970
    17 to 22 and 24 to 28 August 1970
    27 October to 6 November 1970
    22 November 1970 to 1 January 1971

  • Decommissioned by U.S. Coast Guard, 1 January 1971 and transferred to South Vietnam the same day renamed RVNS Tran Nhat Duat (HQ-3)
  • USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) earned four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Taken over by the Philippines, April 1975
  • Fromally transferred to the Philippines, 6 April 1976
  • Final Disposition, cannibalized for parts, ultimate fate unknown
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,750 t.(fl), 2,800 t.(lim)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.2 kts. (trial)
    US Navy Complement
    Officers - 73
    Enlisted - 294
    US Coast Guard Complement Officers - 13
    Enlisted - 138
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    US Navy Armament
    three single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    US Coast Guard Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal. Mk 12, Mod 1 dual purpose gun mount
    one Mk 52 Mod 3 director
    one Mk 26 fire control radar
    one Mk 11 A/S projector
    two Mk 32 Mod 5 torpedo tubes
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,055 Bbls
    Gasoline 79,000 Gals
    four Fairbanks Morse Diesel 32D81/8
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp

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    USS Yakutat (AVP-32)
    Yakutat - Yakutat Bay is a 18 mile bay in Alaska, extending southwest from Disenchantment Bay to the Gulf of Alaska. Yakutat Bay was the epicenter of two major earthquakes on September 10, 1899, a magnitude 7.4 foreshock and a magnitude 8.0 main shock, 37 minutes apart.
    The Shelikhov-Golikov company, precursor of the Russian-American Company, under the management of Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, settled Yakutat Bay in 1795. It was known as New Russia, Yakutat Colony, or Slavorossiya.
    Photo - Yakutat Bay, Travel Agent Phoenix, a travel blog by Cynthia Patterson's CP Gateways
    Map - Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, US Geological Survey
    Tommy Trampp
    Yakutat 109k Yakutat (AVP-32) off Seattle, WA,, 30 March 1944, one day before she was commissioned. She has a main armament of three 5"/38 guns. Yakutat is painted camouflage scheme/measure 32/5D in this photo.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-63328, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) (WHEC-380)
    Yakutat 204k Ex- USS Yakutat (AVP-32) in US Coast Guard service as USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) moored at State Pier in Portland, Maine in March, 1949.
    Portland, Maine History, Photo No. Unknown
    Mike Green
    Yakutat 44k USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) under way in 1960, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Yakutat 68k USCGCYakutat (WAVP-380) at Boston in July 1961. © Richard Leonhardt
    Yakutat 62k USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) off Boston in July 1961. © Richard Leonhardt
    Yakutat 72k USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) at Boston in July 1961. © Richard Leonhardt
    Yakutat 50k USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) at Boston in August 1961. © Richard Leonhardt
    Yakutat 63k USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) underway, date and location unknown. Len Laesser
    Yakutat 662k USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380) underway, 22 June 1966, location unknown.
    Photo from the collections of the National Naval Aviation Museum.
    Bill Gonyo
    Yakutat 79k USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) alongside USS Ajax (AR-6) at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippine Islands in August 1967. Photo by Larry Backus
    118k Five white 311-foot cutters of Coast Guard Squadron Three, assigned to support Operation MARKET TIME tied up alongside Navy repair ship USS Jason (AR-8) at Naval Station Subic Bay in the Philippines, 4 August 1967. From inboard to outboard:
    USCGC Half Moon (WHEC-378);
    USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380);
    USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387);
    USCGC Barataria (WHEC-381) and
    USCGC Bering Strait (WHEC-382)
    U.S. Coast Guard Historianís Office Coast Guard Photo Rel. No. 6201; August 4,1967
    Photo by CDR Richard Morse, USCG, Commanding Officer USCGC Barataria (WHEC-381)
    Robert Hurst and
    Bob Canchola
    Yakutat 81k USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) under way in 1969, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst
    Yakutat 17k USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) under way while in Vietnamese waters, circa 1967-1971. Robert Hurst
    RVNS Tran Nhat Duat (HQ-3)
    125k USS Hector (AR-7) with various ships of the South Vietnamese Navy alongside off Vung Tau, Vietnam, 7 March 1972. Including, moored to her port side is the LST RVNS Cam Ranh (HQ-500), formerly USS Marion County (LST-975). The Barnegat-class seaplane tender moored to her starboard side is probably RVNS Tr?n Nh?t Du?t (HQ-03) ex-USS Yakutat (AVP-32).
    U.S. Navy "All Hands" magazine May 1974, p. 12., Photo from the collection of Sy Blau.
    Photo-Jim Geldert USNI
    Caption Robert Hurst
    Yakutat 76k Ex-USCGC Yakutat (WHEC-380) underway in South Vietnamese naval service as RVNS Tran Nhat Duat (HQ-3), at Saigon, May 1972 © Richard Leonhardt
    Yakutat 123k RVNS Tran Nhat Duat (HQ-3) off Con Son Island, South Vietnam, 1 May 1975, loaded with refugees before heading to the Philippines.
    National Public Radio photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Castle Rock
    369k Two Casco-class cutters of the Navy of South Vietnam after their escape to Subic Bay, Philippines, circa 1975. On the left is RVNS Tran Binh Trong (HQ-5), (ex-USS Castle Rock (AVP-35). On the right is RVNS Tran Binh Duat (HQ-3), (ex-USS Yakutat (AVP-32). Tran Binh Trong was later transferred to the Philippines and served as BRP Francisco Dagohoy (PF-10). Tran Binh Duat was cannibalized for spare parts in the Philippines.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) 1975-1976 cruise book
    Robert Hurst

    USS Yakutat (AVP-32)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Yakutat (AVP-32) Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Fraser, George Kittrell, USN (USNA 1927)31 March 1944 - 21 June 1945
    02LCDR. Darnell, William Irvin. USN (USNA 1929)21 June 1945 - 24 July 1946
    USCGC Yakutat (WAVP-380 / WHEC-380) Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Naab Jr., Joseph William, USCG (USCGA 1937)November 1951 - September 1952
    01CAPT. Moreau, James Walter, USCG (USCGA 1943) :RADMJuly 1964 - April 1965
    01CAPT. Day, John Everard, USCG (USCGA 1943)? - 20 April 1967
    01CDR. Grover Jr., Royal E., USCG (USCGA 1950)20 April 1967 - ?
    01CAPT. Bartlett, Walter F., USCG (USNA 1943)1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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