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Patch at left submitted by Craig Rothhammer to NAFTS, Patch at right submitted to NavSource by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Brunswick (ATS-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Charlie - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Bottom Row - Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (Boat People)

USS Brunswick (ATS-3) was sold to South Korea
Edenton Class Salvage and Rescue Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 June 1968, at Brooke Marine, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, United Kingdom
  • Launched, 14 October 1969
  • Commissioned USS Brunswick (ATS-3), 19 December 1972, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., LCDR. John B. Haskins in command
  • Decommissioned, 8 March 1996
  • Transferred, sold, under the Security Assistance Program to South Korea, 29 August 1996
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1996
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, broken up at Busan, South Korea in October 2016
    Displacement 2,592 t.(lt) 3,063 t.(fl)
    Length 283'
    Beam 59'
    Draft 18' (max)
    Complement 106
    two 20mm AA gun mounts
    four .50-cal. machine guns
    Propulsion Diesel, twin screws
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    Brunswick The Mocama, a Timucua-speaking people, lived in and cultivated the lands in what is now Brunswick. The Spanish established missions in Timucuan villages beginning in 1568. During this time, much of the Native American population was depleted through enslavement and disease. When the Province of Carolina was founded in 1663, the British claimed all lands south to the 31st parallel north, but little colonization occurred south of the Altamaha River as the Spanish also claimed this land. Three years after the Province of Georgia was founded in 1733.
    Photo - by ©Lisa Wooten of Brunswick Courthouse Brunswick Georgia, May 2021.
    Map - City of Brunswick boundary map.
    Tommy Trampp
    Brunswick 34k Brunswick (ATS-3) launching, 14 October 1969, at Brooke Marine, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, United Kingdom.
    Photos from the Commissioning program, contributed to NAFTS by Craig Rothhammer.
    Robert Hurst
    Beaufort 115k Brunswick (ATS-3) under way undergoing builders trials in the North Sea, circa 1972 Robert Hurst
    283k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) engaged in a towing exercise with USS Constellation (CVA-64) in the South China Sea, 6 October 1974.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1996.488.103.075 and U.S. Navy All Hands magazine March 1975, p. 7.
    Mike Green
    Robert Hurst
    All Hands March 1975, p. 7.
    Brunswick 56k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) during salvage operations of SS Lindenbank off Fanning Island, circa 1975.
    Photo contributed to NAFTS by Rodney O'Rear.
    Robert Hurst
    ex-CV-34 Oriskany
    1.86M Ex-USS Oriskany (CV-34) towed from Alameda to Bremerton, 24–30 October 1976, by USS Brunswick (ATS-3) All photos taken by Ray F. Longaker, Jr.
    Here is a video
    by Vern Bouwman, featuring these photos.

    Ray F. Longaker, Jr.
    CVA-34 Oriskany
    223k USS Oriskany (CV-34) being towed from San Francisco Bay, 2 October 1976, by USS Brunswick (ATS-3) to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Bremerton, Washington.
    National Naval Aviation Museum photo, # 2009.116.016.

    Mike Green
    Brunswick 27k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) towing the ex-USS Oriskany (CV-34) from San Francisco, CA., to Bremerton, WA., 2 October 1976.
    Photo contributed to NAFTS by Ray Longaker.
    Robert Hurst
    Brunswick 50k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) with crew at Special Sea and Anchor Detail, date and location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Beaufort 41k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) and USS Beaufort (ATS-2) pierside, date and location unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    846k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) moored pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 31 July 1981 Photo by Tim Barbosa #26
    Brunswick 214k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) moored pierside, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, November 1981. Photo by Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Brunswick 372k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) standing by the Military Sealift Command surveying ship USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29), 8 May 1981, Chauvenet ran aground on Dauisan Reef, Cagayan Islands, in the Sulu Sea.
    US Navy photo by PH1 John Kristoffersen, "All Hands" magazine January 1983, p. 33.
    Robert Hurst
    Beaufort 404k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) moored at Ship Repair Facility, Subic Bay US Naval Base, 22 June 1991. Buildings collapsed under the weight of the four inches of volcanic ash that fell as a result of the June 10 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. More than 20,000 evacuees have been removed from the area as a part of the U.S. military's Operation Fiery Vigil. US Defense Department photo # DN-ST-92-05857, by PH3 Russell A. Michalek, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery. Robert Hurst
    Machinist 62k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) and Machinist (AFDB-8) at Naval Station Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines, 3 April 1992. Brunswick towed Machinist from Subic Bay to Pearl Harbor during the US military withdrawal from Subic Bay.
    DVIC photo # DNST9207048 by Roger Dutcher, JO2 USN.
    Department of Defense Visual Information Center
    Adept 77k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) and Adept (AFDL-23) at Naval Base Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines, 24 February 1992. Brunswick has Adept under tow as the dry dock is removed in preparation for the station's transfer to the Philippine government.
    DVIC photo # DNST9206610, by J. Brown, PHCS USN.
    Department of Defense Visual Information Center
    Adept 89k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) and Adept (AFDL-23) leaves Subic Bay Naval Station for Guam in tow behind Brunswick (ATS-3), 24 February 1992.
    DVIC photo # DNST9206640
    Department of Defense Visual Information Center
    Brunswick 121k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) underway in 1992, location unknown. Ron Reeves
    Brunswick 317k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Brunswick 45k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo from the National Association of Fleet Sailors, contributed by Craig Rothhammer
    Robert Hurst
    Brunswick 44k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) moored pierside at Sasebo, Japan, circa 1995, during the rainy season.
    Photo from the National Association of Fleet Sailors, contributed by Jim Doty
    Robert Hurst
    Brunswick 51k USS Brunswick (ATS-3) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, HI, date unknown
    Photo from the National Association of Fleet Sailors, contributed unknown
    Robert Hurst
    Brunswick 308k Ex-USS Brunswick (ATS-3) being being broken up at Busan, South Korea in October 2016. Vladimir Lappino

    USS Brunswick (ATS-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Haskins, John Bryant9 December 1972 - 1974
    02LCDR. Juerling, James Robert1974 - 22 June 1976
    03LCDR. Anderson, Russell Frederick22 June 1976 - 17 April 1978
    04LCDR. Johnson, Paul Neils Thornton, USN (USNA 1966)17 April 1978 - January 1980
    05LCDR. Drucker, John R.January 1980 - 1982
    06LCDR. McCampbell, David Perry, USN (USNA 1970)1982 - 1 July 1983
    07LCDR. Speer, John Paul1 July 1983 - 10 November 1985
    08LCDR. Tibbert, Eric Paul10 November 1985 - 7 November 1987
    09LCDR. King, Spencer Howard7 November 1987 - May 1990
    10LCDR. Takahashi, Stanley ScottMay 1990 - 10 November 1992
    11LCDR. Kirkland III, Walter Paul10 November 1992 - 7 October 1994
    12LCDR. Ricciuti, Paul Jude, USN (USNA 1982)7 October 1994 - 8 March 1996
    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
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors

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