Basalt Rock Company
2 April 1943
25 September 1943
14 June 1944
9 February 1948
10 October 1951
Out of service:
1 June 1973
sold for scrapping, 27 June 1975
213 ft 6 in (65.07 m)
39 ft (12 m)
14 ft 4 in (4.37 m)
diesel-electric, twin screws, 2,780 hp
15 knots (28 km/h)
four 40 mm guns, four .50 cal machine guns
USS Current (ARS-22) was an Diver-class rescue and salvage ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Her task was to come to the aid of stricken vessels.
Current (ARS-22) was launched 25 September 1943 by Basalt Rock Company in Napa, California; sponsored by Mrs. E. R. Booker; and commissioned 14 June 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. B. Duff, Jr., USNR, in command.
1 World War II service
1.1 Okinawa operations
2 Atomic testing
3 Recommissioned during Korean War
4 Arctic operations
5 1957 Western Pacific deployment
6 Other operations
8 Military awards and honors
10 External links
World War II service
Clearing San Francisco, California, 6 August 1944, Current sailed on towing duty to Ulithi, arriving 14 October. She carried out local towing and salvage operations from this port until 19 May 1945. Among her most important repair operations were the emergency salvage work performed on Houston (CL-81) and Canberra (CA-70) from 19 October to 14 December 1944, and the valiant fire fighting on Randolph (CV-15) 11 March 1945.
After replenishing in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, Current arrived off Okinawa 2 June 1945 for salvage operations aiding the many ships damaged by Japanese air attack, and those sailing in the U.S. 3rd Fleet and the U.S. 5th Fleet raids on the Japanese homeland. She served ships of the occupation forces at Okinawa until 5 January 1946 when she sailed by way of Sasebo, Japan to San Francisco, arriving 27 February.
Between 15 April 1946 and 22 July 1947 Current served with JTF-1 on Operation Crossroads, the atomic weapons tests in the Marshall Islands. She returned to San Diego, California, 23 August 1947 and was placed out of commission in reserve 9 February 1948.
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