USS Chilula (AT-153)

USS Chilula (ATF-153) was a Navajo-class fleet tug constructed for the United States Navy during World War II.[1] Her purpose was to aid ships, usually by towing, on the high seas or in combat or post-combat areas, plus "other duties as assigned."

USCGC Chilula (WMEC-153) underway 2 July 1960, location unknown. The Coast Guard used her primarily for search and rescue.
United States
Name: USS Chilula (ATF-153)
Namesake: Chilula
Builder: Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.
Laid down: 13 June 1944
Launched: 1 December 1944
Commissioned: 5 April 1945
Decommissioned: 8 February 1947
  • USCGC Chilula (WAT-153)
  • 3 October 1956
Decommissioned: 19 June 1991
Reclassified: Medium Endurance Cutter Chilula (WMEC-153) 1 May 1966
Fate: Sunk as a target in 1997
General characteristics
Class and type: Navajo-class fleet tug
Displacement: 1,240 long tons (1,260 t)
Length: 205 ft (62 m)
Beam: 38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
Draft: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
Complement: 86


International radio call sign of
USS Chilula (ATF-153)[1]
November Papa India November

Chilula was laid down 13 June 1944, at Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. in Charleston and launched on 1 December 1944. She was commissioned 5 April 1945, with Lt. O. L. Guinn in command.[1]

Decommission and Coastguard service

After the war, Chilula sailed for home. In Orange on 8 February 1947, she was decommissioned and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was transferred to the US Coast Guard on 9 July 1956 as USCGC Chilula (WAT-153). Her hull number was subsequently changed to WATF-153 later in 1956 and then WMEC-153 in 1966. The Coastguard decommissioned her on 19 June 1991 and returned her to the US Navy who expended her as a target in 1997.

See also


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

  1. "USS Chilula". NavSource Naval History. Retrieved 22 July 2015.

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