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USS Cusabo (ATF-155)

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

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

USS Cusabo (ATF-155) was transferred to Ecuador, renamed BAE Los Rios
Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:
  • Laid down, 18 September 1944, as Cusabo (AT-155), at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Reclassified Fleet Ocean Tug, 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 26 February 1945
  • Commissioned USS Cusabo (ATF-155), 19 May 1945, LT. Walter Hunnewell, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cusabo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 3 December 1946, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1978
  • Transferred, cash sale, under the Security Assistance Program to Ecuador, 30 August 1978, renamed BAE Los Rios
  • Renamed BAE Cayambe, date unknown
  • Assigned various pennant numbers from 1963 (R01, R51, R101, R711 and RA71) until deleted in 1999
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl)
    Length 205'
    Beam 38'6"
    Draft 15' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 80
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel Oil 2,275 Bbls
    four GM 12-278A 750hp Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    Chilula 1611k Overall view of Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Charleston S.C., in January 1945. Six ATF's are visible; three fitting out and three on the ways. Photo was taken from the mainmast of USS Chawasha (ATF-151) which was also fitting out. From front to back they are:
    USS Chilula (ATF-153)
    USS Cahuilla (ATF-152)
    USS Chimariko (ATF-154)
    USS Nipmuc (ATF-157)
    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    USS Luiseno (ATF-156).
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    Luiseno 1874k Overall view of Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, Charleston S.C., in January 1945. Seven ATF's are visible, three on the ways at right, and four fitting out at left. From front to back they are:
    USS Luiseno (ATF-156)
    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    USS Nipmuc (ATF-157)
    USS Chimariko (ATF-154)
    USS Cahuilla (ATF-152)
    USS Chilula (ATF-153) and
    USS Chawasha (ATF-151).
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Alan Owens
    BAE Cayambe (R-01)
    Cusabo 44k Ex-USS Cusabo (ATF-155) at anchor while in Ecuadorian Naval service, circa 1966, as BAE Cayambe (R-01), location unknown.
    Ecuadorian Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    USS Cusabo (ATF-155)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hunnewell Jr., Walter, USNR19 May 1945 - 8 February 1946
    02LT. Dement, John Simpson, USN8 February 1946 - 3 December 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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