USS Grand Rapids (PG-98)
|Name:||USS Grand Rapids (PG-98)|
|Builder:||Tacoma Boatbuilding Company|
|Launched:||4 April 1970|
|Commissioned:||5 September 1970|
|Decommissioned:||1 October 1977|
|Fate:||Transferred to Naval Sea Systems Command as R/V Athena II|
|Class and type:||Asheville-class gunboat|
|Length:||164 ft 6 in|
|Beam:||23 ft 11 in|
|Draft:||5 ft 4 in|
On 13 June 1968, the Tacoma Boatbuilding Company, Tacoma, Washington laid down Grand Rapids, the eleventh Asheville-class gunboat built by Tacoma. In August 1968, however, the Tacoma shipyard suffered a severe fire that destroyed the under construction Grand Rapids (together with sister ship Benicia). A new Grand Rapids, with the same hull number, was laid down again by Tacoma Boat 20 May 1969, launched on 20 December 1969 and commissioned on 5 September 1970.
- Friedman, Norman (1987). U.S. Small Combatants Including PT-Boats, Subchasers and the Brown-Water Navy: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-87021-713-5.