USS Atakapa ATF-149

 Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug:

  • Laid down, date unknown, as Fleet Tug (AT-149) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug(ATF-149), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 11 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Atakapa (ATF-149) in December 1944
  • During World War II USS Atakapa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Atakapa was assigned to Occupation service from 13 September 1945 to 15 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 8 November 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 9 August 1951
  • Decommissioned, circa 1970s and placed in service with MSC as USNS Atakapa (T-ATF-149)
  • Placed out of service, circa 1980s
  • Transferred to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 February 1992
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 25 August 2000

    Specifications: 
    Displacement 1,190 t.(lt) 
    Length 205' 
    Beam 38' 5" 
    Draft 15' 4" 
    Speed 16.5 kts. 
    Complement 85 
    Armamentone single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounttwo twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts 
    Propulsion diesel-electric, four General Motors 12-278A diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines, single screw, 3,600shp
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  1. I served on 4 ships during my 4 years in the Navy USS Ozark MCS2, USS Fort Mandan LSD21, USS Independence CVA 61 and USS Atakapa ATF 149. The last was truly the best and it is sad to see the pictures of her before being sunk. You can read the story of her sinking here; http://ussatakapa.com/sinking.htm

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