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USS Littlehales (AGS-7) circa 1944-1945
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Class:        DERICKSON (AGS-6)
Design:        Navy 136' PCS
Displacement (tons):        244 light, 340 lim.
Dimensions (feet):        136.0' oa, 130.0' wl x 23.3' e x 8.6' lim.
Original Armament:        2-20mm (AGS-6)
Later armaments:        1-3"/50 2<4-20mm (1945: AGS 7-9);
1-40mmS 4-20mm (1945: AGS-10);
1-3"/50 4-20mm (1946: AGS-10);
2>1-20mm (1949: AGS-7, 8, 10)
Complement:        59 (1944)
Speed (kts.):        14.1
Propulsion (HP):        1,000
Machinery:        G.M. diesels, 2 screws

Construction:
AGS Name Reclas. Builder Keel Launch Commiss.
6 DERICKSON 10 Jun 44 Ballard Marine Railway 25 Apr 43 6 Nov 43 --
7 LITTLEHALES 20 Mar 45 Robert Jacob 17 Dec 42 17 Jul 43 11 Dec 43
8 DUTTON 20 Mar 45 South Coast 23 Mar 43 7 Aug 43 29 Mar 44
9 ARMISTEAD RUST 20 Mar 45 Colberg Boat 15 May 43 12 Nov 43 30 Mar 44
10 JOHN BLISH 20 Mar 45 Ballard Marine Railway 28 May 43 4 Sep 43 26 Feb 44

Disposition:
AGS Name Decomm. Strike Disposal Fate MA Sale
6 DERICKSON -- 26 Nov 48 23 Nov 48 C&GS --
7 LITTLEHALES 12 Oct 49 27 Oct 49 7 Feb 50 Sold --
8 DUTTON 26 Aug 49 27 Oct 49 21 Feb 50 Sold --
9 ARMISTEAD RUST 9 Jun 46 21 Oct 48 27 Oct 48 FLC --
10 JOHN BLISH 26 Aug 49 27 Oct 49 10 Feb 50 Sold --

Class Notes:
FY 1943 (as PCS). On 20 Jun 42 VCNO directed the construction of 90 wooden-hulled patrol craft (PC 1376-1465) using the design of the 136-foot YMS. They were reclassified PCS 1376-1465 on 8 Apr 43. On 5 Jan 44 SecNav approved the assignment of PCS-1457 to the Coast and Geodetic Survey for hydrographic duty in the Alaska and Aleutian areas. On 10 Feb 44 CNO substituted PCS-1458 for PCS-1457, which was completed as a PCS and which later became AGS-10. PCS-1458 was not commissioned in the Navy but was instead accepted by the Navy from her builder and simultaneously loaned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on 17 May 44 with title remaining vested in the Navy. She was reclassified AGS-6 and named on 26 May 44 effective 10 Jun 44. The ship was permanently transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on 23 Nov 48 and was sold by them in 1954.

The four vessels that became AGS 7-10 were commissioned as patrol craft (PCS) between December 1943 and March 1944. On 18 Jul 44 CinCPac requested authority to convert PCS-1388 for hydrographic use and on 5 Aug 44 CNO authorized the conversion. The other three were nominated on 5 Oct 44 by Commander Service Forces Pacific for conversion to small auxiliary surveying ships for duty with Commander Amphibious Forces Pacific Fleet, and all four appear to have been converted at Pearl Harbor between October and December 1944. They were reclassified to AGS on 26 Feb 45 effective 20 Mar 45, and their names were assigned on 23 Mar 45.

Ship Notes:
AGS Name Notes
6 DERICKSON Ex PCS-1458 10 Jun 44, ex-PC-1458 8 Apr 43. Not comm., loaned 17 May 44 to the Coast & Geodetic Survey. Stk. 31 Oct 47, reinstated 12 Mar 48. Full transfer to C&GS 23 Nov 48, sold by C&GS 1954.
7 LITTLEHALES Ex PCS-1388 20 Mar 45, ex-PC-1388 8 Apr 43. Converted by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard Oct-Dec 44. To AGSC-7 29 Jul 46. Merc. JOHN O. 1950.
8 DUTTON Ex PCS-1396 20 Mar 45, ex-PC-1396 8 Apr 43. Converted by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard Oct-Dec 44. To AGSC-8 29 Jul 46. Merc. OCEAN SPRAY 1950, TARPON 1960.
9 ARMISTEAD RUST Ex PCS-1404 20 Mar 45, ex-PC-1404 8 Apr 43. Converted by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard Oct-Dec 44. On disposal list Apr 46 and not reclassified AGSC. Offered to Chinese Navy 1946-47 but rejected 1948. Sold at Subic Bay, Philippines.
10 JOHN BLISH Ex PCS-1457 20 Mar 45, ex-PC-1457 8 Apr 43. Converted by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard Oct-Dec 44. To AGSC-10 29 Jul 46.

Page Notes:
AGS        1944
Compiled:        29 Dec 2008
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2002-2008