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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
MAR 1946 - Launch Date: 19 MAR 1946
MAR 1951 - Commissioned: 1 MAR 1951
JAN 1952 - JAN 1953 North Atlantic
SEP 1954 - SEP 1954 In attendance during USS Nautilus sea trials
JAN 1959 - JUL 1960 Mediterranean
JAN 1963 - JUL 1963 Mediterranean
APR 1963 - APR 1963 On site when USS Thresher Sank off Portsmouth Harbour
DEC 1970 - MAR 1971 Mediterranean
JUN 1972 - NOV 1972 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN 1973 - 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


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]