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USS Littlehales (AGSC 15) on 11 Oct 1963.
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Class: LITTLEHALES (AGSC 15)
Design: Navy YF 257
Displacement (tons): 300 light, 650 full
Dimensions (feet): 133' oa x 31' e, 30' wl x 9' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 11
Speed (kts.): 10
Propulsion (HP): 1,000
Machinery: Geared diesel, 2 screws

Construction:
AGSCNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchComm
15LITTLEHALES14 Feb 1959Erie Concrete & Steel31 May 194528 Aug 1945COM/SRV

Disposition:
AGSCNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
15LITTLEHALES1 Apr 196820 Feb 19685[3] Apr 1969Target--

Class Notes:
The 132-foot self-propelled covered lighter (YF) was originally intended for use as a range tender. On 25 August 1958 the commander of YF 854, a unit of the 132-foot type, wrote to CNO that his ship, which had not been used previously, had been placed in commission in 1952 at the request of the Hydrographic Office to assist in its hydrographic and oceanographic programs. Since then the vessel had conducted surveys in Panama, Alaska, and almost every port on the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts. In the coming years he expected that East coast ports would receive similar coverage. (By early 1959 the ship was assigned to Commander Eastern Sea Frontier.) He noted that in 1952 many commissioned ships including LSTs and PCs were nameless but that since then almost all commissioned ships had been given names, leaving the YF to share "its illegitimate status with only such plebeian types as the LSM and the floating drydock." He felt that a ship that was expected to operate independently at sea on voyages of up to 3,000 miles was deserving of more than a number. He also suggested that if the ship was not considered worthy of a name it could be redesignated as an AGSC (coastal surveying ship). This would prevent costly administrative and logistic errors by people who failed to consider that a YF service craft might be located away from its home port. The suggestion was favorably received and the name LITTLEHALES was proposed, for George Washington Littlehales who was Principal Scientist of the Hydrographic Office from 1885 to 1932. On 14 January 1959 CNO approved the change of the designation YF 854 to AGSC 15 effective 14 Feb 1959. The name was assigned on 3 March 1959 effective 14 Feb 1959. Decom. after struck.

Ship Notes:
AGSCNameMANotes
15LITTLEHALES(EX YF 854, completed 17 Dec 1952)

Page Notes:
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon