The first USS Sunnadin (AT-28), a tug, was laid down on 3 December 1918 at the Puget Sound Navy Yard as Katahdin; renamed Sunnadin on 24 February 1919; launched on 28 February 1919; and commissioned on 20 October 1919. It was named for an Anglicized spelling of the Huron Indian town, Sunyendeand.
|Namesake||Huron Indian town, Sunyendeand|
|Builder||Puget Sound Navy Yard|
|Laid down||3 December 1918 as Katahdin|
|Launched||28 February 1919|
|Commissioned||20 October 1919|
|Decommissioned||4 April 1946|
|Renamed||Sunnadin on 24 February 1919|
|Stricken||8 May 1946|
|Fate||Sold for scrap, 15 January 1947.|
|Class and type||Bagaduce class|
|Length||156 feet 8 inches|
|Draft||14 foot 7 inches (mean)|
|Speed||13.0 kts (est.)|
Sunnadin was assigned to the 14th Naval District and spent almost a quarter of a century in the Hawaiian Islands operating from Pearl Harbor, towing Navy ships and other sea-going craft between ports in the 14th Naval District. During that time, she changed designations twice. On 17 July 1920 when the Navy first adopted alpha-numeric hull designations, she became AT-28.
She was in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack there on 7 December 1941. On 15 May 1944, she was redesignated ATO-28. In the fall of 1945, Sunnadin was ordered to report to the Commandant, 12th Naval District, for decommissioning and disposal. Sunnadin was decommissioned on 4 April 1946. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 8 May 1946. On 15 January 1947, she was delivered to the Maritime Commission at Mare Island, California, for disposal.
Sunnadin earned one battle star during World War II.
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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