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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Juliet - Tango
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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  • The name Christiana was withdrawn from YAG-32, 01 March 1945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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 393 gross tons
    Length 145' 6"
    Beam 24' 3"
    Draft 12' 7"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    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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    Last Updated 29 May 2015