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U.S.S. SKYLARK

(ASR-20)

PAR ONORI

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USS SKYLARK (ASR-20) - a Penguin-class submarine rescue ship

In Commission 1951 to 1973

ASR-20 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1946-Launch Date: 19 MAR 1946
MAR1951-Commissioned: 1 MAR 1951
JAN1952-JAN1953North Atlantic
SEP1954-SEP1954In attendance during USS Nautilus sea trials
JAN1959-JUL1960Mediterranean
JAN1963-JUL1963Mediterranean
APR1963-APR1963On site when USS Thresher Sank off Portsmouth Harbour
DEC1970-MAR1971Mediterranean
JUN1972-NOV1972North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN1973-Decommissioned: 30 JUN 1973

ASR-20 General Specifications

Class: Penguin-class submarine rescue ship

Named for: Skylark

Complement: 106 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1735 tons

Length: 205 feet

Beam: 39 feet 3 inches

Flank Speed: 16 knots

Final Disposition: Sold to Brazil 30 June 1973



USS SKYLARK (ASR-20)



SKYLARK was laid down in July 1945 as the Navajo-class fleet tug Yustaga (ATF-165) by the Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. of Charleston, South Carolina. While under construction Yustaga was redesignated a submarine rescue ship on 11 October 1945, assigned the hull designation ASR-20 on 13 November 1945, and renamed Skylark on 5 December 1945. She was launched on 19 March 1946, sponsored by Mrs. H. C. Weatherly, and was placed in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, berthed first at Charleston and later at New London, Connecticut, until 1 March 1951, when she was finally commissioned, Lt. Comdr. Romolo Cousins in command.

[Note: The above USS SKYLARK (ASR-20) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SKYLARK (ASR-20), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]