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USS Beaufort (ATS 2) on 8 July 1979.

USS Beaufort (ATS 2) on 8 July 1979.
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Class: EDENTON (ATS 1)
Design: SCB Project No. 719.66 and SAIP Project No. 719.71
Displacement (tons): 2,592 light, 3,484 full
Dimensions (feet): 283' oa, 264'wl x 50' x 17' max nav
Armament: (1) 2-20mmT; (2-3) none; (2-3: 1976) 2-20mmS
Accommodations: 9 officers and 108 enlisted
Speed (kts.): 16
Propulsion (HP): 6,000
Machinery: Diesel, 2 screws

Construction:
ATSNameOrdBuilderKeelLaunchComm
1EDENTON19 Aug 1966Brooke Marine, UK28 Mar 196715 May 196823 Jan 1971
2BEAUFORT26 Sep 1967Brooke Marine, UK19 Feb 196820 Dec 196822 Jan 1972
3BRUNSWICK26 Sep 1967Brooke Marine, UK27 May 196814 Oct 196919 Dec 1972
4unnamed----------
5unnamed----------
6unnamed----------

Disposition:
ATSNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
1EDENTON29 Mar 199629 Dec 199718 Nov 1997Trf--
2BEAUFORT8 Mar 199612 Dec 199629 Aug 1996Trf--
3BRUNSWICK8 Mar 199612 Dec 199629 Aug 1996Trf--
4unnamed----Mar 1973Canc.--
5unnamed----Mar 1973Canc.--
6unnamed------Not auth.--

Class Notes:
Approved characteristics for a Salvage Tug (ATS), SCB Project No. 719.66, were promulgated on 28 December 1964 and updated as revised approved characteristics for a Salvage Tug (ATS) Project 719 on 21 May 1969, for a Salvage Tug (ATS), Project 719.71 on 23 June 1969, and for a Salvage and Rescue Ship (ATS), SAIP Project No. 719.71, on 19 Oct 1972. In the FY 1966 program brochure dated 15 June 1965 they were listed as ATS: Salvage Tug, Project No. 716.66 (sic). They combined the capabilities of the Salvage Rescue Ship and the Fleet Ocean Tug, and were to provide rescue, repair and salvage, and towing services to the fleet. They were to be somewhat larger than current salvage ships and considerably more powerful in towing than the World War II Fleet Tug that they were to replace. The FY 1967 brochure dated 15 June 1966 had the same description but the project number was changed (corrected) to 719.67. In late 1965 a decision was made to procure some support ships (ultimately the AGS 29 and ATS 1 classes) in British yards while the British were to reciprocate by procuring some military goods in the U.S., the main initial candidate being the F-111 fighter aircraft. Subsequently there were difficulties in maintaining the ships of these two classes because of their foreign-manufactured components.

The FY 1970 budget as of 15 January 1969 included two more fleet salvage tugs (ATS) that were not proceeded with. The nomenclature for the ATS type was then changed to ocean-going rescue and salvage ships, and the FY 1972 budget as of 9 March 1971 included three ships of this type including the FY 1970 pair for delivery in mid 1975. They were however proposed in March 1971 for deletion along with the single FY 1972 AOR to fund long-lead items for CVAN 70. ATS 6 was probably deleted before being authorized (the number was reused in 2019), ATS 4-5 were authorized but cancelled in 1973, while AOR 7 was built as planned. A new class of "towing, salvage, and rescue ships" (ATS), the NAVAJO (ATS 6) class with Native American names, was begun in 2019 and had reached ATS 12 by 2021.

The conversion of EDENTON to a Coast Guard cutter in 1997-99 involved the removal of the stern towing machine, forward crane, and A-frame, and the installation of a flight deck, retractable hangar, and air-search radar. Additionally, the four aging Paxman diesel engines were replaced with four 16-cylinder Caterpillar diesels. In 2022 she was the largest Medium Endurance Cutter in the Coast Guard’s fleet.

Ship Notes:
ATSNameMANotes
1EDENTONFY 1966. Trf USCG 1997 as ALEX HALEY (WMEC 42) (comm. 10 Jul 1999). Based at Kodiak, Alaska, in 2022.
2BEAUFORTFY 1967. Trf South Korea 1996, PYEONGTAEK (ATS 27) (comm. 20 Feb 1997). Decomm. 28 Dec 2016 and transferred to Pyeongtaek City.
3BRUNSWICKFY 1967. Trf South Korea 1996, GWANGYANG (ATS 28) (comm. 20 Feb 1997). Decomm. Mar 2015.
4unnamedFY 1970 and 1972, authorization canc. Mar 1973.
5unnamedFY 1970 and 1972, authorization canc. Mar 1973.
6unnamedFY 1972, not authorized, number reused 2019.

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Compiled: 2 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021