USS Chinaberry (AN-61)
|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|
|Fate:||sold 27 February 1950|
|Class & type:||Ailanthus-class net laying ship|
|Propulsion:||diesel electric, 2,500hp|
|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
Between 19 July 1945 and 5 November, Chinaberry tended nets at Eniwetok.
- 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-82 / AN-61 Chinaberry