AT-96 General Specifications
Class: Abnaki-class fleet ocean tug
Named for: Abenaki
Complement: 85 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 1240 tons
Length: 205 feet
Beam: 38 feet 6 inches
Flank Speed: 16 Knots
Final Disposition: Transferred to Mexico 30 September 1978
USS ABNAKI (AT-96)
Abnaki (AT-96) was launched 22 April
1943 by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
sponsored by Mrs. James Mayon Jones; commissioned 15 November 1943
Lieutenant D. Walley in command; and reported to the Atlantic
Between February 1944 and May 1945
Abnaki made four trans-Atlantic voyages. She was reclassified
15 May 1944. In June 1944 she towed to Bermuda the German
submarine U-505 which had been captured by the
Guadalcanal (CVE 60) task group.
Reporting to the Pacific Fleet in the summer of
Abnaki served intermittently with the occupation
forces in Japan until the outbreak of the Korean hostilities. Between
23 June 1951 and 15 February 1952 she operated with Service Division
31 furnishing mobile logistic support to the fleet during the Korean
Since the cessation of hostilities in Korea
Abnaki has remained active with the Pacific Fleet. During
February 1955 she took an active part in the evacuation of Chinese
Nationalists from the Tachen Islands.
Abnaki received three battle stars for
her service during the hostilities in Korea.
[Note: The above USS ABNAKI (AT-96) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ABNAKI (AT-96) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]