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U.S.S. TANNER

(AGS-15)

Knowledge of the Sea

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The USS TANNER (AGS-15), an Artemis-class attack cargo ship, was commissioned on 10 FEB 1945 as the USS PAMINA (AKA-34). USS PAMINA served in the later stages for the war against the Japanese then returned to the US in 1946. On 15 MAY 1946 USS PAMINA was renamed USS TANNER, after Zero Luther Tanner (1835-1936) a US Naval officer and a pioneer in hydrography, and reclassified AGS-15. Over the next twenty three years TANNER surveyed the Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Barents Sea, Aegean Sea, South China Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. USS TANNER served her country for 24 years, 5 months and 4 days, until decommissioned on 14 JUL 1969. The hulk of the TANNER was scrapped in 1970.

The USS TANNER (AGS-15) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AGS-15 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1945 Launch Date: 5 JAN 1945
FEB 1945 Commissioned: 10 FEB 1945
OCT 1946 - JUL 1948 Mexico East Coast
MAY 1951 - SEP 1951 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1951 - NOV 1951 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1951 - NOV 1951 North Pole
JUL 1952 - SEP 1954 Antartic Circle
JUL 1953 - SEP 1953 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAR 1955 - APR 1955 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1955 - AUG 1955 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1955 - JUL 1955 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
MAR 1956 - OCT 1956 Mediterranean
JUN 1956 - OCT 1956 Mediterranean
MAR 1957 - SEP 1957 Mediterranean
OCT 1957 - SEP 1959 Mediterranean
SEP 1958 - JUN 1959 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1958 - MAY 1959 Caribbean
FEB 1959 - MAY 1959 March 1959 Bahama Survey
OCT 1959 - JUN 1960 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1960 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1960 - MAY 1961 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 19 NOV 1960 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1962 - JAN 1963 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1963 - SEP 1963 Barents Sea
JAN 1965 - JAN 1965 North Atlantic
NOV 1965 - MAR 1966 Aegean Sea
SEP 1966 - FEB 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1966 - JAN 1968 South China Sea
APR 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 20 APR 1968 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1968 - MAY 1969 micronessia Trust Territory of the Pacific
JUL 1969 Decommissioned: 14 JUL 1969

AGS-15 General Specifications

Class: Artemis-class attack cargo ship

Complement: 303 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7000 tons

Length: 426 feet

Beam: 58 feet

Draft: 16 feet

Final Disposition: Transferred to Maritime Administration for disposal



USS TANNER (AGS-15)



USS Tanner (AGS-15) was originally built as the USS Pamina (AKA-34), an Artemis-class attack cargo ship named after the minor planet 539 Pamina, which in turn was named after a character in Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. However early in the ship's service it was reclassified AGS-15 on 15 May 1946 and renamed Tanner. She served as a commissioned ship for 24 years and 4 months.

[Note: The above USS TANNER (AGS-15) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS TANNER (AGS-15), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]