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USS ABNAKI (AT-96) - an Abnaki-class fleet ocean tug

In Commission 1943 to 1978

AT-96 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1942-Keel Date: 28 NOV 1942
at Charleston Ship Building & Drydock Company Charleston SC
APR1943-Launch Date: 22 APR 1943
NOV1943-Commissioned: 25 NOV 1943
JAN1947- Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1947 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1947- Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1947 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1965-JAN1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1966-JAN1968West Pac
JUL1967-FEB1968West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1969-MAY1969West Pac
DEC1969-JAN1970Salvage SS Badger State
JAN1970-JUN1970West Pac
JAN1970-JUN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-JAN1971West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1972-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1972 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1978-Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1978

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


Abnaki (AT-96) was launched 22 April 1943 by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Charleston S. C.; sponsored by Mrs. James Mayon Jones; commissioned 15 November 1943 Lieutenant D. Walley in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

Between February 1944 and May 1945 Abnaki made four trans-Atlantic voyages. She was reclassified ATF-96 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 1945 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 operations.

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]