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USS Chinaberry (AN-61)
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Name: USS Chinaberry
Namesake: A tree of southern United States and Mexico
Builder: Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, Maine
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 19 July 1943 in Rockland, Maine as YN-82
Commissioned: 12 March 1944
Decommissioned: 26 March 1946 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California
Renamed: Chinaberry 20 January 1944
Reclassified: AN-61, 20 January 1944
Struck: date unknown
Fate: sold 27 February 1950
General characteristics
Class & type: Ailanthus-class net laying ship
Displacement: 1,100 tons
Length: 194' 6"
Beam: 37'
Draft: 13' 6"
Propulsion: diesel electric, 2,500hp
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 56
Armament: one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount; four twin 20mm AA gun mounts

USS Chinaberry (AN-61/YN-82) was a Ailanthus-class net laying ship which served the U.S. Navy during World War II. Chinaberry operated in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean before being decommissioned at war’s end.

Built in Maine

Chinaberry (AN-61) was launched 19 July 1943 by Snow Shipyards, Inc., Rockland, Maine, as YN-82; reclassified AN-61 and named Chinaberry 20 January 1944; and commissioned 12 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander K. G. Cady, USNR, in command.

World War II service

Atlantic Ocean Theatre operations

Chinaberry sailed from New York City 24 June 1944 in a convoy bound for Belfast, Northern Ireland, arriving 10 July. She operated as net tender in European waters, principally off the coast of France until 12 December, when she cleared Plymouth, England in convoy for Charleston, South Carolina, arriving 6 February 1945. After overhaul she sailed 26 March for Narragansett Bay to conduct experimental net operations and to train pre-commissioning crews for net tenders.

Pacific Ocean operations

From New York City, Chinaberry sailed 11 May in convoy for the Panama Canal Zone, continuing independently for San Diego, California, San Francisco, and Pearl Harbor, arriving 28 June.

Between 19 July 1945 and 5 November, Chinaberry tended nets at Eniwetok.

Post-war decommissioning

On 5 December, she arrived at San Pedro, California, Chinaberry was decommissioned 26 March 1946 at Mare Island, California, and sold 27 February 1950.


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