|USS Cornel (AN-45)|
|Namesake:||A genus of trees, one of the most common of which is the dogwood.|
|Builder:||Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Everett, Washington|
|Laid down:||as Cornel (YN-64)|
|Launched:||21 April 1944|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. P. Pigott|
|Commissioned:||6 June 1944 as USS Cornel (AN-45)|
|Decommissioned:||15 February 1946, at San Pedro, California|
|Reclassified:||AN-45, 20 January 1944|
|Fate:||returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal 29 January 1947|
|Class & type:||Ailanthus-class net laying ship|
|Propulsion:||diesel electric, 2,500 hp|
|Complement:||56 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one single 3"/50 gun mount, two single 20mm gun mounts|
USS Cornel (AN-45/YN-64) was an Ailanthus-class net laying ship which served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Ocean theatre of operations during World War II. Her career was without major incident, and she returned home safely after the war.
Launched in Washington
Cornel (AN-45) was launched 21 April 1944 by Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Everett, Washington, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. P. Pigott; and commissioned 6 June 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. F. Eddy, USNR, in command.
World War II service
Cornel sailed in convoy from San Pedro, California, 6 August 1944 for Eniwetok, arriving 15 September. On 9 October she reported at Ulithi to maintain nets, and except for short periods at Peleliu, in the Palau Islands, Cornel remained at Ulithi tending nets until the end of the war, then dismantling and salvaging them. She cleared Ulithi 17 October 1945 and arrived at San Pedro, California, 29 November.
Cornel remained at San Pedro until decommissioned 15 February 1946. She was returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission for disposal 29 January 1947.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - YN-64 / AN-45 Cornel
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