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USS Iuka (ATA-123)
USS ATA-123 (1944 - 1948)
USS ATR-45 (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Alpha - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-123
  • Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-45
  • Laid down, 21 November 1942, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 20 December 1942
  • Commissioned, USS ATR-45, 30 June 1943, LTjg. John L. Hostinsky, USN in command
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-123, 15 May 1944
  • During World War II USS ATA-123 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 26 November 1947, at San Pedro, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named Iuka (ATA-123), 16 July 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA, September 1962
  • Merchant Service
    Acquired for commercial service by Erato Shipping & Trading Corp. S.A., Panama, 13 April 1976, renamed Deka Exi (J.S.Latsis, Piraeus)
    Owners name changed to Maritime & Commercial Co. Argonaftis S.A., Panama
    Arrived in tow at Aliaga for demolition by Seltas A.S., 2 December 1996
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1996
    Displacement 835 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 13 kts. (trial)
    5 Officers
    40 Enlisted
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's service generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 30Kw, 120V D. C.
    single propeller
    Fuel Capacity, 1300 Bbls Diesel oil

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    Merchant Service
    Iuka 50k Ex-USS Iuka (ATA-123) in commercial service as the tug Deka Exi moored pierside, at Aliaga, Turkey, awaiting scrapping. Alan Chapman

    USS ATR-45 / USS ATA-123 / Iuka (ATA-123)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Hostinsky, John Louis, USN30 June 1943 - 31 May 1945ATR-45 / ATA-123
    02LT. Honegger, Otto Louis, USN31 May 1945 - ?ATA-123
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    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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