USS Chawasha ATF 151

Cherokee Class Fleet Ocean Tug:

  • Laid down as Chawasha (AT-151) at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.
  • Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF-151), 15 May 1944
  • Launched, 15 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Chawasha (ATF-151), 6 February 1945, LT. H. K. Smith in command
  • During World War II USS Chawasha was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

     Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 12 July to 15 August 1945

     

  • Following World War II USS Chawasha was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 9 September 1945
    23 October1945 to 19 February 1946

     

  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1946
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Chawasha earned one battle star for World War II service.

    Specifications: 
    Displacement 1,240 t.(lt) 1,675 t.(fl) 
    Length 205' 
    Beam 38'6" 
    Draft 15' 4" 
    Speed 16.5 kts. 
    ComplementOfficers 5Enlisted 80 
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t. 
    Armamentone single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounttwo single 40mm AA gun mountstwo single 20mm AA gun mountstwo depth charge tracks 
    Fuel CapacityDiesel Oil 2,275 Bbls 
    Propulsionfour GM 12-278A 750hp Diesel-electric enginessingle Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction GearsShip's Service Generatorstwo Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.one Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller 3,000shp
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