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USNS Wateree (T-ATA-174)
USS Wateree (ATA-174) (1948 - 1953)
USS ATA-174 (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Oscar - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

USNS Wateree (T-ATA-174) was transferred to Peru and renamed Uranue (ATA-136)

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Planned and approved as Fleet Tug AT-174
  • Reclassified Rescue Tug ATR-101
  • Laid Down, 5 October 1943 at Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX.
  • Launched, 18 November 1943
  • Reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-174, 20 July 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ATA-174, 20 July 1944, LT. Amando J. Vetro, USN in command
  • During World War II USS ATA-174 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 16 January 1947, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group at Astoria
  • Named Wateree (ATA-174), 16 July 1948
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Wateree (T-ATA-174), 13 August 1953
  • Placed out of service 14 March 1955
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Peru, 1 November 1961, renamed Uranue (ATA-136)
  • In the 1960s Uranue redesignated Survey Vessel Uranue (A-170)
  • Disposed of by Peruvian Navy circa 1977-78
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    Wateree 96k Ex-USNS Wateree (T-ATA-174) in Peruvian naval service as BAP Uranue (ATA-136) at anchor, circa 1961.
    Peruvian Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Wateree (ATA-174)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Vetro, Amando John, USN20 July 1944 - ?
    02LTjg. Taylor, Robert Warren, USN1946 - 16 January 1947
    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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