- USS Chewink (AM-39)
"Chewink" was launched
21 December 1918by Todd ShipyardCorp., New York City; sponsored by Miss M. Sperrin; and commissioned 9 April 1919, Lieutenant (junior grade) J. Williams in command. She was reclassified ASR-3 on 12 September 1929.
North Sea mine clearance operations
"Chewink" sailed from
Boston, Massachusetts, 23 May 1919for Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, arriving 5 Julyto aid in the vast task of clearing the North Seaminefields.
U.S. East Coast operations
She returned via
Lisbon, the Azores, and Bermudato New York, arriving 19 November, and for the next 11 years operated along the east coast and to Cubaand Puerto Ricoin a variety of duties, which included salvage, target towing, a school for Naval Engineering, recovering mines, experimental underwater radiotests, net laying and tending, and tending submarines.
U. S. West Coast operations
In October 1930 she sailed from
New London, Connecticut, with Submarine Division 4 for Pearl Harbor, to be stationed there as submarine tender, until 5 January 1931, and then at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zoneuntil August 1933. "Chewink" was decommissioned at Pearl Harbor 21 August 1933, remaining there until April 1937, when her berth was changed to Mare Island Navy Yard.
World War II East Coast operations
12 November 1940, sailed from San Diego, California, 3 February 1941, and on 10 Mayreached New London, Connecticut, her base through the remainder of her active service. During World War II, she aided America's growing ability to make war beneath the sea as she operated training divers, in submarinesearch and rescue exercises, as a station ship, and as a target shipfor submarine torpedoes. Her operations took her to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Argentia, Newfoundland, and several times to Key West, Florida.
"Chewink" was decommissioned at
Brooklyn, New York 4 February 1947. She was used as a target and sunk off New London, Connecticut, 31 July 1947.
List of United States Navy ships
World War II
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