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USS Christiana (YAG-32)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Christiana (IX-80) (1942 - 1943)
USLHS Azalea (1891 - 1933)
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
Self-propelled Steel-hulled Miscellaneous Auxiliary Service Craft:
Built in 1891 at Johnson Foundry and Machine Company, New York, NY for the US Lighthouse Service
Commissioned USLHS Azalea, 25 June 1891
Transferred to the Navy, 16 April 1917
Commissioned into Naval service, 09 May 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, 30 June 1933
Sold to Wilson Lines, Wilmington, DE, renamed Christiana (ON 232860), 1933
Sold to Bahamas Trading Co. and reflagged Honduran, 1940
Ran as freighter between Jacksonville, FL and the Bahamas
Acquired by the Navy, 06 August 1942
Commissioned USS Christiana (IX-80), 09 November 1942, LT(jg) Anthony J. DeFrances, D-V(G) USNR, commanding
During World War II Christiana served in the Caribbean as a seaplane tender
Reclassified YAG-32, 20 November 1943
The name Christiana was withdrawn from YAG-32, 01 March 1945
Decommissioned at Miami, FL, 28 July 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 September 1945
Sold by Maritime Commission to S.E. Thatcher, Miami, FL, 25 February 1946
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 393 gross tons
Length 145' 6"
Beam 24' 3"
Draft 12' 7"
single propeller, 770shp
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||USS Christiana (YAG-32) at anchor, 11 April 1945, while serving as seaplane tender at Royal Island in the Bahamas.
Caption courtesy Shipscribe.com.
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
Last Updated 29 May 2015
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