USS Challenge (ATA-201)

For other ships of the same name, see USS Challenge.
Name: USS Challenge
Ordered: as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-128, redesignated Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-201, 15 May 1944
Builder: Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works, Port Arthur, Texas
Laid down: 3 August 1944
Launched: 23 September 1944
Acquired: 22 November 1944
Commissioned: 15 September 1944
Decommissioned: 23 December 1947
Renamed: Challenge (ATA-201), 16 July 1948
Struck: 1 September 1962
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1 October 1976
General characteristics
Class & type: Sotoyomo-class auxiliary fleet tug
Displacement: 610 long tons (620 t) light
860 long tons (874 t) full
Length: 143 ft (44 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Diesel-electric engines, single screw
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 7 officers, 42 enlisted men
Armament: • 1 × single 3"/50 caliber gun
• 2 × twin 40 mm AA gun mounts

USS Challenge (ATA-201) was a Sotoyomo-class auxiliary fleet tug acquired by the United States Navy for service during and after World War II.

Challenge was planned and authorized as Rescue Ocean Tug ATR-128 and was reclassified Auxiliary Fleet Tug ATA-201, 15 May 1944. She was laid down on 3 August 1944 at Gulfport Boiler & Welding, Port Arthur, Texas, launched on 23 September 1944, delivered to the Navy on 22 November 1944, commissioned as USS ATA-201 on 15 September 1944.

East Coast activity

Challenge served on the U.S. East Coast. Very little data is available. However, Navy records indicate she towed Bangust (DE-739) from Green Cove Springs, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina, in 1947.

Final disposition

Challenge was decommissioned on 23 December 1947 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 September 1962. The ship was named USS Challenge (ATA-201) on 16 July 1948. She was sold for scrapping on 1 October 1976 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.


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See also

External links

  • Photo gallery of USS Challenge (ATR-128/ATA-201) at NavSource Naval History
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