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USS LUISENO (AT-156) - an Abnaki-class fleet ocean tug

In Commission 1945 to 1975

AT-156 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1944-Keel Date: 7 NOV 1944
at Charleston Ship Building & Drydock Company Charleston SC
MAR1945-Launch Date: 17 MAR 1945
JUN1945-Commissioned: 16 JUN 1945
JUL1975-Decommissioned: 1 JUL 1975

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


Luiseno (ATF‑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 20 September.

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]