USS Bannock ATF 81

 Navajo Class Fleet Tug:

  • Laid down, date unknown, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 7 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS Bannock (AT-81), 28 June 1943, Lt. Sam P. Morgan in command
  • Reclassified as a Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-81), 15 May 1944
  • During WWII USS Bannock was first assigned to Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

     European Campaigns  Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 June to 21 July 1944 
    Task Group 122.3 - Salvage and Fire Fighting Group (Wreck Dispersal Vessel)
    Okinawa Gunto operation 
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 7 May to ?

     

     

     

  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1947, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 11 September 1951
  • Decommissioned, 25 November 1955
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred (sold) to Italy, 1 May 1979, under the Security Assistance Program
  • Final Disposition, discarded by Italy, fate unknown
  • USS Bannock received two battle stars for her service during World War II

    Specifications: 
    Displacement 1,580 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl) 
    Length 205' 
    Beam 38' 6" 
    Draft 15' 3" 
    Speed 16.t kts. (trial) 
    ComplementOfficers 5Enlisted 80 
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t. 
    Armamentone single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounttwo single 40mm AA gun mountstwo single 20mm AA gun mounts 
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,260Bbls 
    Propulsionfour General Motors 12-278A Diesel-electric main engines driving four General Electric generatorsShips Service Generators three General Motors 3-268A Diesel auxiliary services enginestwo 100Kw 120V D.C.one 60Kw 120V D.C.single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller, 3,600shp
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