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USS FLORIKAN (ASR-9) - a Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship

In Commission 1943 to 1991

ASR-9 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1941 - Keel Date: 30 SEP 1941
at Moore Dry Dock Company
JUN 1942 - Launch Date: 14 JUN 1942
APR 1943 - Commissioned: 5 APR 1943
JAN 1956 - JUN 1956 West Pac
OCT 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 27 OCT 1964 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1967 - JUL 1968 West Pac
DEC 1967 - SEP 1968 West Pac
JUN 1968 - SEP 1970 West Pac
AUG 1971 - JAN 1972 West Pac
APR 1975 - SEP 1975 West Pac
OCT 1984 - OCT 1984 Diving accident off Nor. Cal. Killing MMC (SW/DV) Mike Miller
FEB 1987 - JUL 1987 West Pac
JUL 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1987 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1987 - NOV 1987 East Pac
JAN 1990 - JUL 1991 Decommisioning
JUL 1990 - DEC 1990 West Pac
AUG 1991 - Decommissioned: 2 AUG 1991

ASR-9 General Specifications

Class: Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship

Complement: 102 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 1780 tons

Length: 251 feet 4 inches

Beam: 42 feet

Draft: 14 feet 3 in

Final Disposition: Sold for Scrapping 2 July 2010 to Marine Metals Brownsville Tx


Florikan (ASR-9) was launched 14 June 1942 by Moore Drydock Co. Oakland Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. L. Sahm; and commissioned 5 April 1943 Lieutenant N. K. Banks USNR in command.

From 3 to 20 July 1943 Florikan aided in the training of submarines at Pearl Harbor acting as target screening escort and torpedo recovery vessel. She served on similar duty at Midway between 24 July and 2 September then sailed for Kiska Alaska arriving 7 September. For a month she carried out diving operations on Japanese submarine I-7 which had been grounded by her crew south of Kiska Harbor. Their attempts to scuttle the submarine had been incomplete the after half remaining intact in a hundred feet of water. Seven divers entered the hulk recovering important documents and personal papers of value in intelligence work.

Florikan returned to duty at Midway from 9 October 1943 to 12 November then served at Pearl Harbor from 16 November to 11 June 1944. With Majuro activated as a forward base for submarines Florikan trained submarines there from 18 June to 31 January 1945 then returned to duty at Pearl Harbor through the close of the war.

Assigned to home port at San Diego Florikan first arrived there 12 September 1945 and through the next 15 years trained submarine rescue personnel there took part in fleet exercises and training operations and brought her specialized services to the Far East in a tour of duty with the 7th Fleet each year save 1952 1954 1956 and 1958. On her 1960 deployment she escorted a Vietnamese ship across the Pacific when outward bound.

[Note: The above USS FLORIKAN (ASR-9) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FLORIKAN (ASR-9) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]