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USS Menominee (AT-73)
File:USS Menominee.jpg
USS Menominee (AT-73) in San Francisco Bay, 30 September 1942.
Career
Name: USS Menominee (AT-73)
Namesake: Menominee
Builder: United Engineering Co.
Laid down: 27 September 1942
Launched: 14 February 1942
Commissioned: 25 September 1942
Decommissioned: 15 November 1946
Reclassified: Fleet ocean tug ATF-73, 15 May 1944
Struck: 1 November 1959
Honors and
awards:
5 × battle stars for World War II
Fate: Transferred to Indonesia, renamed Rakata (928)
General characteristics
Class & type: Navajo-class fleet tug
Displacement: 1,240 long tons (1,260 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
Draft: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric
four General Motors 12-278 diesel main engines driving four General Electric generators and three General Motors 3-268A auxiliary services engines
single screw
3,000 shp (2,237 kW)
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Complement: 86
Armament: • 1 × 3 in (76 mm) gun
• 2 × single 40 mm AA guns
• 2 × single 20 mm AA guns

USS Menominee (AT-73) was a Navajo-class fleet tug constructed for the United States Navy during World War II.[1] Her purpose was to aid ships, usually by towing, on the high seas or in combat or post-combat areas, plus "other duties as assigned." During World War II, she was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater where she participated in four campaigns earning four battle stars.

Description[edit | edit source]

International radio call sign of
USS Menominee (AT-73)[1]
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November Uniform Mike Oscar

Menominee was laid down 27 September 1942, at United Engineering Co. in San Francisco and launched on 14 February 1942. She was commissioned 25 September 1942, with LtCdr. Emil C. Generaux, Jr. in command.[1]

Decommission and sale[edit | edit source]

After the war, Menominee sailed for home. In Portland on 15 November 1946, she was decommissioned and entered the Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was struck from the Naval Register 1 November 1959, and transferred to Indonesia on 26 January 1961 as part of the Military Assistance Program. She served Indonesia as Rakata (928) until 1969.

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References[edit | edit source]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Photo gallery of USS Menominee (AT-73/ATF-73) at NavSource Naval History


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