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USS ATR-46 (1943 - 1944)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Delta - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS ATA-124 was transferred to Argentina and renamed ARA Diaguita (A-5)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-124
Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-46
Laid Down, 27 November 1942, at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
Launched, 29 January 1943
Commissioned, USS ATR-46, 24 July 1943, LTjg. Robert K. Thurman, USNR in command
Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-124, 15 May 1944
During World War II USS ATA-124 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 25 June 1945
USS ATA-124 was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 6 May 1947, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at San Pedro, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register in September 1947
USS ATA-124 earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred under terms of the Security Assistance Act to Argentina, in 1947 and renamed ARA Diaguita (A-5)
Sold in 1979 to S.A.Para el Desarrollo de la Technologia Acuatica (SATECNA), Buenos Aires, renamed Satecna VI
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 June 1979
Displacement 835 t.(fl)
Beam 33' 10" (extreme)
Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
Speed 13 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
Armament one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
Fuel Capacity Diesel 1,300 Bbls
one General Motors Diesel-electric model 12-278A
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C.
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||Ex-USS ATA-124 in Argentine Naval service as ARA Diaguita (A-5), moored pierside, date and location unknown.
Official Argentina Navy photo.
There is no history available for USS ATR-46 / USS ATA-124 at NavSource
|01||LTjg. Thurman, Robert Kenneth, USNR||24 July 1943 - 1944||ATR-46 / ATA-124|
|02||LT. McRaith, James F., USNR||1944 - September 1945||ATA-124|
|03||LTjg. Cooke, H.C., USNR||September 1945 - December 1945||ATA-124|
|04||LTjg. LaPierre, Franklin Harry, USN||December 1945 - 19 June 1946||ATA-124|
|05||LT. Havens, Woodrow Wilson, USN||19 June 1946 - 6 May 1947||ATA-124|
|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
Last Updated 15 May 2020
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|