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USS Chinook (SP-644)
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Name: USS Chinook
Namesake: Previous name retained
Acquired: 1917
Commissioned: 1917
Fate: Returned to owner February 1918
Notes: Operated as private motorboat Chinook until 1917 and from 1918
General characteristics
Type: Patrol vessel

The first USS Chinook (SP-644) was a United States Navy patrol vessel in commission from 1917 to 1918.

Chinook was built as a private motorboat of the same name. In 1917, the U.S. Navy acquired her from her owner for use as a section patrol boat during World War I. She was enrolled in the Naval Coast Defense Reserve on 19 October 1917 and commissioned as USS Chinook (SP-644) in 1917.

Chinook performed patrol duty on the Detroit River for four months and was returned to her owner in February 1918.


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