United States Navy

Submarine Tenders

USS Anthedon AS 24

USS Anthedon - About to be Launched at Ingalls Shipbuilding
Photo courtesy Ingall's Shipbuilding
Scanned / provided Frank Cantrell

(tons Laden)
16,500Built / Launched5/6/1943 / 10/15/1943
Length492' 6"Built ByIngalls Shipbuilding Co.,
Pascaoula, Miss.
Beam69' 6"ClassAegir
Draft27' 0"Commisioned1943
Speed (rated)18.4ktsDecommissioned1946
Compliment1,460DispositionSold to Turkey

Anthedon (AS-24) was laid down on 6 May 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 858) at Pascagoula, Miss., by the lngalls Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 15 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. William M. Colmer; acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 17 December 1943; turned over to the Todd Shipbuilding Co. for conversion and decommissioned on 30 December 1943; and recommissioned on 15 September 1944, Comdr. Richard E. Hawes in command.

Following her commissioning, the submarine tender got under-way for Brooklyn, N.Y., to load provisions and ammunition at the New York Navy Yard and then traveled to New London, Conn., to take on spare parts for submarines and to conduct tests and drills. She departed New London on 11 October and set a course for Australia. The ship transited the Panama Canalon 17 October and arrived at Fremantle on 17 November. Anthedon spent three months at that port carrying out refits and voyage repairs on submarines returning from war patrols. The tender departed Fremantle on 12 February 1945; and made stops at Brisbane, Australia, and Hollandia, New Guinea, to pick up building material.
Anthedon in Subic Bay
USS Anthedon in Subic Bay. The Subs are thought to be (left to right): USS Lamprey, USS Rayton; USS Becuna; USS Baya; USS Caiman; USS Hawkbill; USS Kraken; USS Hardhead; and USS Blenny.
Photo courtesy of Adam Dwyer, in honor of his grandfather George Dwyer who served aboard from Commisioning throught the end of the war.
She reached Subic Bay, Philippines, on 13 March, and remained there during the rest of the war, servicing numerous submarines as well as the destroyer escorts operating from Subic Bay.

After Japan capitulated in mid-August, the submarine tender got underway on the 31st to return to Fremantle. She reached that port on 10 September and assisted in the dismantling of the submarine repair unit located there. Anthedon departed Fremantle on 2 October to return to the Philippines; arrived at Subic Bay on 14 October; and began providing repair services to On 1 November, Anthedon weighed anchor to return, via the Hawaiian Islands and the Panama Canal to New London. She transited the canal on 20 November and reached Norfolk, Va., on 5 December. After discharging passengers and cargo, the tender continued on to New London. She spent one week there before moving to Bayonne, N.J., on 15 December to enter drydock for the repair of a crack in her hull. Anthedon was back in New London on 22 December.

During January and February 1946, the tender assisted submarines preparing for deactivation. On 1 March, Anthedon commenced deactivation herself, and she was placed out of commission, in reserve, at New London on 21 September 1946. Her name was struck from the Navy list sometime in late 1968 or early 1969. She was sold to Turkey on 7 February 1969 and served the Turkish Navy as Donathan (A-583).

USS Anthedon AS 24 in 1944
History from the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships.

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