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USS Navajo (AT-52)
USS Navajo assists with the salvage of USS F-4 (SS-23), April–August 1915.
Name: USS Navajo
Builder: Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Launched: 1907
Acquired: by purchase, 21 November 1907
Commissioned: 17 March 1908, as Fleet Tug No. 52
Decommissioned: 24 April 1937
Reclassified: AT-52, 17 July 1920
Struck: 24 April 1937
Restored, 14 January 1942
In service: 15 March 1942
Out of service: 9 February 1946
Reclassified: IX–56, 14 January 1942
Struck: 9 February 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 23 November 1948
General characteristics
Type: Navajo-class fleet tug
Displacement: 800 long tons (813 t)
Length: 141 ft 4 in (43.08 m)
Beam: 27 ft 6 in (8.38 m)
Draft: 14 ft 1 in (4.29 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)

USS Navajo (AT-52) was the lead ship of her class of tugs in the United States Navy.

Navajo was a tug built in 1907 by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, purchased by the Navy on 21 November 1907 and commissioned on 17 March 1908 as Fleet Tug No.52.

Pacific Ocean operations

Assigned to Pearl Harbor, Navajo operated in the Hawaiian Islands throughout her Naval career, performing towing and docking operations. On 17 July 1920 she was reclassified as AT-52.

In 1922, Water Barge #10, while in tow by Navajo, collided with the submarine R-16 (SS-93). With a hole in her bow, the barge sank within minutes. The gallant action of men from Navajo resulted in rescue of the barge's three-man crew. After decommissioning, Navajo was struck from the Navy List on 24 April 1937.

Restored to duty

Navajo was restored to the list as IX–56 on 14 January 1942, and she served in a decommissioned status at the Navy Yard at Pearl Harbor. She was placed in service on 15 March 1942 and continued operations in the 14th Naval District throughout World War II.

After war-time service she was struck from the Navy List on 9 February 1946. She was subsequently sold for scrap to Commercial Equipment Co. on 23 November 1948.


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

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