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USS Christiana (YAG-32)
USS Christiana (IX-80) (1942 - 1943)
USLHST Azalea (1891 - 1933)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Juliet - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp) - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Miscellaneous Unclassified-Seaplane Tender:
  • Built in 1892 at Johnson Foundry, New York. N.Y. for the US Light House Service
  • Commissioned USLHST Azalea, 25 June 1891
  • Transferred to the Navy, 16 April 1917
  • During World War I Azalea was assigned to the 1st Naval District
  • Returned to the Lighthouse Service in accordance with an Executive Order dated 1 July 1919
  • Decommissioned and sold in 1933.
  • Acquired by the Navy in August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Christiana (IX-80), 9 November 1942, LTjg. A. J. De Francis, USNR in command
  • During World War II Christiana served in the Caribbean as a seaplane tender
  • Reclassified YAG-32, 20 November 1943
  • Decommissioned, 28 July 1945, at Miami, FL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 25 February 1946, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 516 t.
    Length 145' 3"
    Beam 24' 3"
    Draft 12' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Diesel engine
    single propeller 770shp

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    IX-529 59k USS Christiana (YAG-32) at anchor, 11 April 1945, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USLHST Azalea - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Christiana (IX-80 / YAG-32) - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Azalea 1891
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