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USS Ebony (AN-15)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Ebony (YN-10)
Namesake: ebony
Builder: General Engineering & Dry Dock Company, Alameda, California
Launched: 3 June 1941
Sponsored by: Mrs. Clara Valtey
In service: 16 September 1941
Commissioned: 22 May 1942
Reclassified: AN-15, 20 January 1944
Decommissioned: 23 March 1946, at Astoria, Oregon
Struck: 1 September 1962
Fate: placed in reserve; scrapped, 1976
General characteristics
Class & type: Aloe-class net laying ship
Tonnage: 560 tons
Displacement: 850 tons
Length: 163 ft 2 in (49.73 m)
Beam: 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Speed: 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h)
Complement: 40 officers and enlisted
Armament: one single 3"/50 gun mount, three 20mm guns, one y-gun

USS Ebony (YN-10/AN-15) was an Aloe-class net laying ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. She was launched in June 1941, and completed in September 1941. Placed in service at that time without being commissioned, she was commissioned in May 1942, and decommissioned in March 1946. She was placed in reserve in 1946 and scrapped in 1976.

Career[edit | edit source]

Ebony (YN-10) was launched 3 June 1941 by the General Engineering & Dry Dock Company of Alameda, California; sponsored by Mrs. Clara Valtey; placed in service 16 September 1941 for duty in the 12th Naval District; and commissioned 22 May 1942, Ensign S. Bernsen, USNR, in command. Ebony sailed from San Francisco, California, 24 May 1942 for the South Pacific Ocean. After a brief period in the Fiji Islands, she arrived at Auckland, New Zealand, 27 July, to serve as net gate tender.

She sailed to Noumea in January 1943 to assist in towing a stranded vessel to safety and remained until May to salvage Shaw (DD-373). Ebony continued her net tending in the South Pacific, based primarily at Nouméa and Espiritu Santo, until the end of the war. During this time, she was reclassified AN-15 on 20 January 1944. She returned to San Pedro, California, 8 October 1945, and was placed out of commission in reserve at Astoria, Oregon, 23 March 1946. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 September 1962 and scrapped in 1976.

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