ARA Suboficial Castillo (A-6)
ARA Suboficial Castillo in Antarctic waters
|Namesake:||The Takelma people|
|Builder:||United Engineering Co.|
|Laid down:||7 April 1943|
|Launched:||18 September 1943|
|Commissioned:||3 August 1944|
|Struck:||28 January 1992|
|Motto:||We Can Hack It !|
|Fate:||transferred to Argentine Navy, 1993|
|Namesake:||Marine Julio Castillo|
|Acquired:||30 Sep 1993|
|Commissioned:||7 Jun 1994|
|Fate:||in service as of 2010|
|Displacement:||1675 tons (full)|
|Length:||205 ft (62 m)|
|Beam:||38.5 ft (11.7 m)|
|Draft:||15.33 ft (4.67 m)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric, single screw, 3,600shp,|
|Speed:||16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)|
Suboficial Castillo is used as support ship for both the Argentine Submarine Force and during the summer campaigns in Antarctica in the Patrulla Antártica Naval Combinada (English: Joint Antarctic Naval Patrol) with the Chilean Navy to guarantee safety to all touristic and scientific ships that are in transit within the Antarctic Peninsula.
Takelma was laid down on 7 April 1943 by the United Engineering Co., Alameda, Ca.; launched on 18 September 1943; and commissioned on 3 August 1944.
Takelma arrived at Pearl Harbor on 5 January 1945 and was routed westward to Eniwetok. The fleet ocean tug towed vessels between various Pacific bases such as Ulithi, Leyte, Hollandia, Subic Bay, Manus, Espiritu Santo, and Milne Bay until she returned to Pearl Harbor in June 1946.
Post War Service
During 1946–52 Takelma operated out of numerous locations including San Diego, Pearl Harbor, Adak, and Subic Bay at various times. She cruised over much of the Pacific Ocean with port calls at locations such as Midway, Balboa, Coco Solo, Wake, Kwajalein, Japan, and Korea.
One of Takelma's more noteworthy missions was supporting Operation Crossroads, the atomic bomb tests at Bikini. In February 1947 she was ordered to begin towing target ships from various ports to the Marshall Islands. In December 1947 she began to tow surviving target ships from the Bikini Atoll following the tests. Among the ships she towed were the battleship New York and the cruisers Salt Lake City and Pensacola.
Korean War Service
Takelma operated out of Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan during the Korean War. The tug operated in Korean waters from 20 August to 17 September 1952, serving at Sokcho, Pusan, and Wonsan, before returning to Sasebo. From 2 to 30 December she again sailed to the Korean ports of Cho Do and Yongyong Do. Takelma left Sasebo in January 1953 to return to the combat zone. She remained there from 19 to 24 January. Her last service during the Korean War began when she arrived at Wonsan on 30 January. She departed for Sasebo on 18 February 1953.
From 1954 to mid-1968, the ship operated from her home port at Pearl Harbor or on deployments to the Far East.
During American combat operations in Vietnam, Takelma was at "Yankee Station" in the Gulf of Tonkin from 8 July to 15 August 1968 performing special operations for the 7th Fleet, and she returned to that task again from 18 October until 12 November 1968 when she sailed for Hawaii.
Takelma operated from Pearl Harbor until October 1976 when her home port was shifted to San Diego.
On 1 June 1979, Takelma commenced service as a naval reserve training ship.
Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 28 January 1992
Takelma received two battle stars for Korean service and two campaign stars for service in Vietnam.
Transferred to Argentina, 30 September 1993, under the Security Assistance Program, renamed ARA SubOficial Castillo (A-6)
Argentine service – ARA Suboficial Castillo
The ship was acquired in 1993 by the Argentine Navy and classified as aviso.
It is the first ship to bear the name of Argentine Marines's Sub-Officer Julio Saturnino Castillo, an Argentine Nation to the Heroic Valour in Combat Cross recipient killed during the Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas).
As of 2010 she is homebased at Mar del Plata naval base.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.