USS SUNNADIN (ATA-197)
ATA-197 was laid down on 4 December 1944
at Orange, Tex., by the Levingston Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 6 January 1945; and commissioned on 15 March 1945.
ATA-197 made her shakedown cruise from
Galveston, Tex., in late March and early April. She reported for duty on 11
April, then was ordered to the Pacific. The tug transited the Panama
Canal on 25 April and, two days short of a month later, arrived at Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii. She departed Pearl Harbor on 1 June and voyaged through the central Pacific to Eniwetok,
Guam, Okinawa, and Saipan, towing various
craft at and between those islands. On 10 August she cleared Saipan for
Pearl Harbor, where she arrived two weeks later. On the 28th, she continued her
voyage to San Francisco, arriving there on 5
September. A month later, she headed back to Hawaii and entered Pearl Harbor again on 15 October.
Soon after her return to Hawaii, ATA-197 was assigned
to duty with the 14th Naval District, out of Pearl Harbor. With the
exception of a short tour of duty with the 11th Naval District out of San Diego
in 1946, she spent the next twenty years towing Navy ships
between the bases in the 14th Naval District. On 16 July 1948. she was
named Sunnadin, the second Navy tug to bear that name. Though her duties were concentrated in the Hawaiian Islands, Sunnadin periodically cruised to Kwajalein Atoll in the
Marshall Islands. More often though,
her ports of call were Pearl Harbor,
Palmyra Island, and Johnston Island.
On 13 October 1965, Sunnadin deployed to the western
Pacific. There she participated in a hydrographic survey
operation conducted by the Naval Oceano-graphic Office in the South China Sea.
During that survey she entered the Vietnam combat zone, but saw no
action. She returned to Pearl Harbor on 1 March 1966 and resumed normal
towing duties, making one tow to Guam in the Marianas in July. On 5 October 1966,
the tug was reassigned from the 14th Naval District to the Service
Force, Pacific Fleet. Sunnadin served this organization for
three years, still operating from Pearl Harbor. In early 1968, she made a voyage
to American Samoa and Canton Island. In the fall of 1969,
an Inspection and Survey Board determined that Sunnadin
was unfit for further naval service and, on 20
November 1969, she was decommissioned at Pearl Harbor; and her name was
struck from the Navy list. Her hulk was sold to Flynn-Learner, of Honolulu,
in February 1971.
Sunnadin (ATA-197) earned one battle
star for service in Vietnam.
[Note: The above USS SUNNADIN (ATA-197) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SUNNADIN (ATA-197), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]