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USS CATAWBA (ATA-210) - a Sotoyomo-class auxiliary fleet tug

In Commission 1972 to 1972

ATA-210 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB1945-Launch Date: 15 FEB 1945
JAN1969-APR1969Guantanamo Bay
JAN1969- Shellback Initiation - 10 JAN 1969 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1972-Commissioned: 10 FEB 1972

ATA-210 General Specifications

Complement: 45 to 49 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 835 tons

Length: 143 feet

Beam: 33 feet 10 inches

Draft: 13 feet 2 in

Flank Speed: 13 knots


The third Catawba (ATA-210) was laid down as ATR-137 reclassified ATA-210 on 15 May 1944 and launched 15 February 1945 by Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works Port Arthur Tex. under a Maritime Commission contract; acquired by the Navy 18 April 1945; and commissioned the same day Lieutenant (junior grade) R. W. Standart USNR in command.

Catawba cleared Galveston Tex. 16 May 1945 on towing duty bound for San Diego where she arrived 19 June. She sailed on to San Francisco to pick up another tow which she brought into Pearl Harbor 10 July. Proceeding to the Marshalls Catawba was at sea between Kwajalein and Guam with two tows when the war ended. A brief voyage to the Philippines preceded her return to the east coast.

From 1946 through 1962 Catawba has been based at Norfolk Va. Jacksonville Fla. and Charleston S.C. for the miscellany of towing duties which makes her and her sister tugs an essential although little-heralded part of the U.S. Navy. Disabled ships are brought to safety or taken from one port to another for repairs; targets are towed in gunnery exercises; large fleet units are aided in docking and undocking. Although operating primarily off the southern coast Catawba has frequently cruised to more northern ports to deliver ships to overhauling yards. In the summer of 1959 she joined the task force conducting Operation "Inland Sea " the first penetration of the Great Lakes by American naval forces passing through the Saint Lawrence Seaway. For the larger ships of the force it was often a close fit and the services of Catawba and other tugs were essential.

[Note: The above USS CATAWBA (ATA-210) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CATAWBA (ATA-210) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]