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ATA-228 was sold to Argentina and renamed ARA Sanaviron (Q16)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down in 1946 by the Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Canceled by the War Shipping Administration in 1946
  • Sold in 1947 to Argentina christened ARA Sanaviron (Q16)
  • Redesignated (A8), date unknown
  • Redesignated RHF2, date unknown
  • Struck from the Argentine Naval Register, date unknown
  • 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 Gears
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    ATA-228 45k ARA Sanaviron (RHF2) (ex-ATA-228) underway in an unknown Argentine port, date unknown. Photo from Robert Hurst
    ATA-228 219k ARA Sanaviron (RHF2) (ex-ATA-228) moored pierside at Puerto Belgrano, Argentina in 1981. Note the navy band on the quay-side playing “goodbye” to the ARA 9 DE JULIO (C5) (ex-USS Boise CL-47) as she was towed by the Dutch ocean-going tug Smit London out of Puerto Belgrano bound for the breakers yard at Brownsville, TX. Photo by Henk Ros radio-officer Dutch ocean-going tug Smit London
    ATA-228 274k ARA Sanaviron (RHF2) passing between snow-covered rocky islets of Tierra del Fuego, date unknown. Photo from Robert Hurst

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