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USS Silverbell (AN-51)
USS Silverbell (AN-51)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Silverbell (YN-70)
Namesake: Silverbell
Builder: Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Company, Stockton, California
Laid down: 7 November 1942
Launched: 19 June 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. Henry Ohm
Reclassified: AN-51, 20 January 1944
Commissioned: 16 February 1944
Decommissioned: 10 January 1947, Shanghai, China
Struck: 28 January 1947
Honors and
one battle star for World War II service
Fate: transferred to Republic of China Maritime Customs Service for use as a buoy and lighthouse tender
General characteristics
Class & type: Ailanthus-class net laying ship
Displacement: 1,275 tons
Length: 194 ft 6 in (59.28 m)
Beam: 34 ft 7 in (10.54 m)
Draft: 11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)
Propulsion: diesel electric, 2,500hp
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
Complement: 57 officers and enlisted
Armament: one single 3"/50 gun mount, four twin 20mm gun mounts

USS Silverbell (AN-51/YN-70) 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 after the war bearing one battle star to her credit.

Launched in California

Silverbell (AN-51) was laid down on 7 November 1942 as YN-70 by Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Company, Stockton, California, launched on 19 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Ohm; redesignated as AN-51 on 20 January 1944; and commissioned on 16 February 1944, Lt. Mark C. Butler, Jr., USNR, in command.

World War II support

Pacific Ocean operations

Silverbell sailed from San Francisco, California, on 30 March to conduct shakedown training in the San Diego, California, area and returned on 1 April. The next day, she stood out of San Francisco en route to Manus Island, Admiralty Islands. She operated between there and Biak (Netherlands East Indies) until mid-September.

On the 24th, the net layer sailed for Leyte Gulf to support the landings there. She operated between Leyte, Manila, and Subic Bay until 17 November 1945 when she was ordered to return to San Pedro, California, via Pearl Harbor and San Francisco, for disposal.

Silverbell arrived in San Pedro, California, on 9 January 1946 and remained there until 3 July when she sailed for China via Pearl Harbor, Guam, and Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. The net layer remained in the Philippine Islands from 14 September to 22 December when she proceeded to Shanghai, arriving on 29 December 1946.

Post-war decommissioning

On 10 January 1947, Silverbell was transferred to the Chinese Maritime Customs for use as a buoy and lighthouse tender. She was struck from the Navy List on 28 January 1947.

Honors and awards

Silverbell received one battle star for World War II service.


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