AT-156 General Specifications
Class: Abnaki-class fleet ocean tug
Complement: 8 Officers and 68 Enlisted
Displacement: 1205 tons
Length: 205 feet
Beam: 38 feet 6 inches
Draft: 17 feet
Final Disposition: Unknown
USS LUISENO (AT-156)
was laid down 7 November 1944 by Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.,
Charleston, S.C.; launched 17 March 1945; sponsored by Mrs. William J. Roth,
Jr.; and commissioned 16 June 1945, Lt. William O. Talley in command.
After shakedown, Luiseno operated out of
Norfolk and Boston before sailing for Florida 28 July. For the rest of the year
she performed salvage and target‑towing services in the Florida‑Cuba
area. During the summer of 1946 the fleet tug made a cruise to Bremerhaven,
Germany, to tow a 350‑ton crane to Cristobal, Canal Zone, arriving there
From 1946 Luiseno performed miscellaneous duties
including target‑towing, salvage operations, and other vital services,
along the east coast, in the Caribbean and from her home port, Newport, R.I.
During the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962 she operated out of the
Guantanamo Naval Base, ready to perform any duty for which she would be called.
Despite the lack of fanfare, the accomplishments of this fleet tug contribute
significantly to the strength of the world's mightiest fleet. Luiseno is at present still assigned to the Atlantic Fleet.
[Note: The above USS LUISENO (AT-156) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS LUISENO (AT-156), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]