Cohoes-class net laying ship

Summary

The Cohoes-class net laying ships consisted of fifteen ships built near the end of World War II for the United States Navy, the last being commissioned shortly after war's end. They were similar in appearance and construction to the predecessor Aloe class, with slight differences in dimensions and displacement. Unlike previous net-laying classes, names were taken from a variety of place names, rather than from plants. All but two were decommissioned and put into reserve by the end of 1947, but most were reactivated at various times in the early 1950s and remained active until the early 1960s, when seven were transferred through lease or sale to several foreign navies. Two were transferred to other federal agencies; two were reactivated in the late 1960s and these served into the 1970s. Some of those transferred abroad were still active as late as 2007; none were lost in action.

:USS Yazoo (AN-92)
USS Yazoo, last ship of the class
Class overview
Builders
  • Commercial Iron Works, Portland, Oregon (6)
  • Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Company, Duluth, Minnesota (3)
  • Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin (3)
  • Zenith Dredge Company, Duluth, Minnesota (3)
Operators United States Navy (15)
Built1944–1945
Completed15
General characteristics
TypeNet laying ship
Displacement775 tons
Length168 ft 6 in (51.36 m)
Beam33 ft 10 in (10.31 m)
Draft10 ft 9 in (3.28 m)
PropulsionDiesel direct drive, 2,500 hp (1,900 kW), single propeller
Speed12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement46 officers and enlisted
Armament3"/50 caliber gun

Class membersEdit

Name Original
number[a]
Later
Number[a]
 Launched  Decommissioned Fate
USS Cohoes YN-97 AN-78 29 November 1944 3 September 1947 recommissioned 1968; struck 30 June 1972
USS Etlah YN-98 AN-79 16 December 1944 14 March 1947 recommissioned 10 August 1951; Decommissioned 31 May 1960
USS Suncook YN-99 AN-80 16 February 1945 12 June 1947 transferred to Bureau of Mines in 1962 via MARAD;

sold for scrap 28 July 1971

USS Manayunk YN-100 AN-81 30 March 1945 19 July 1946 transferred to MARAD 1962; ultimate fate unknown
USS Marietta YN-101 AN-82 27 April 1945 Recommissioned 14 February 1952; Decommissioned 21 December 1959;

transferred to Venezuelan Navy February 1962

USS Nahant YN-102 AN-83 30 June 1945 31 July 1946 Recommissioned 14 February 1952; Decommissioned 30 September 1968;

sold to Uruguayan Navy 15 October 1968

USS Naubuc YN-109 AN-84 15 April 1944 6 September 1946 reinstated 1 June 1967 as ARST-4; sold 1 September 1975 for scrap
USS Oneota YN-110 AN-85 27 May 1944 7 February 1947 fate unknown
USS Passaconaway YN-111 AN-86 30 June 1944 December 1946 transferred to Dominican Navy September 1976
USS Passaic YN-113 AN-87 29 June 1944 March 1947 transferred to Dominican Navy September 1976
USS Shakamaxon YN-114 AN-88 9 September 1944 21 April 1947 in reserve until 1968 when transferred to Department of the Interior;
ultimate disposition unknown
USS Tonawanda YN-115 AN-89 14 November 1944 9 August 1946 Recommissioned 18 March 1952; Decommissioned 18 December 1959; leased to Haiti 25 May 1960 and sold outright in 1979; ultimate fate unknown
USS Tunxis YN-119 AN-90 18 August 1944 30 June 1945 Recommissioned 20 February 1953; Decommissioned 20 July 1955;

transferred to Venezuela August 1963; ultimate fate unknown

USS Waxsaw YN-120 AN-91 15 September 1944 23 March 1960 transferred to Venezuela October 1963 and sold outright 1977
USS Yazoo YN-121 AN-92 18 October 1944 28 August 1962 scrapped 1975
  1. ^ a b USN net layers initially received the hull classification symbol YN (for "Yard Net Tender") but were later reclassified AN (for "Auxiliary Net Layer").

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