- USS Bannock (ATF-81)
USS "Bannock" (AT-81/ATF-81) was an ocean-going tug launched
7 January 1943by Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, SC, sponsored by Mrs. Katherine Carswell, widow of Chief Petty Officer Carswell. She was commissioned 28 June 1943, Lieutenant S. P. Morgan in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet. The ship was named for the Bannock Indian tribe in southern Idaho.
Until April 1944 "Bannock" engaged in towing along the East Coast and in the
Caribbean. On 19 April 1944she arrived in Englandand, until June, towed ships and barges in preparation for the invasion of Europe. On 15 May 1944her designation was changed to ATF-81.
6 Juneand 21 July"Bannock" conducted salvage, repair, towing, and fire fighting operations on United States and British Navy ships during and subsequent to the invasion of Normandy. She returned to Boston 26 August 1944and remained on the East Coast until December when she proceeded to the Pacific. Departing Pearl Harbor 9 February 1945"Bannock" sailed to the Western Pacific where, between 6 Mayand 30 June 1945, she participated in the assault and occupation of Okinawa.
"Bannock" continued to operate throughout the Western Pacific until
22 January 1946. In the early months of 1946 she worked her way eastward across the Pacific, arriving at San Diegoin May. Following pre-inactivation overhaul, she was placed out of commission in reserve 21 February 1947at Orange, TX.
"Bannock" was recommissioned
11 September 1951and reported to the Atlantic Fleet. Between September 1951 and November 1955 she had general and target towing duty along the Eastern Seaboard. She once again went out of commission in reserve 25 November 1955.
"Bannock" was disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP) on
1 May 1979to the Italian Coast Guard for service as the oceanographicresearch ship C.P. 451 "Bannock".
"Bannock" received two
battle starsfor her service during World War II.
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