USS Larch (AN-21)

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Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Larch
Namesake: Trees of the pine family distinguished by their short fascicled deciduous leaves and tough durable wood
Builder: Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Laid down: 18 October 1940
Launched: 2 July 1941
Commissioned: 13 December 1942 as USS Larch (YN-16) at Trinidad
Decommissioned: 28 June 1946, at Norfolk, Virginia
In service: 13 December 1941 as Larch (YN-16)
Reclassified: AN-21, 20 January 1944
Struck: 5 March 1947
Fate: 10 May 1948, transferred to the Turkish Navy
General characteristics
Type: Aloe-class net laying ship
Tonnage: 560 tons
Displacement: 850 tons
Length: 157' 8"
Beam: 30' 6"
Draft: 10' 6"
Propulsion: not known
Speed: 14.5 knots
Complement: 48 officers and enlisted
Armament: one single 3 in (76 mm) gun mount, two 0.5 in (12.7 mm) machine guns, one y-gun

USS Larch (AN-21/YN-16) was an Aloe-class net laying ship which was assigned to serve the U.S. Navy during World War II with her protective anti-submarine nets.

Built in West Virginia[edit]

Larch (YN-16) was laid down 18 October 1940 by Marietta Manufacturing Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia; launched 2 July 1941; and placed in service 13 December 1941, Lt. C. B. Coale, USNR, in command.

World War II service[edit]

After shakedown, Larch was assigned to the 3d Naval District and operated on antisubmarine warfare (ASW) patrol out of New York harbor. Departing New York City 12 April 1942, the net tender arrived Trinidad, 2 weeks later for patrol and net laying operations in the West Indies.

Larch was placed in full commission at Trinidad 13 December 1942 Lt. C. C. Dilcer in command and was reclassified AN-21 on 20 January 1944. Playing a small but vital role, she laid, maintained, and removed anti-torpedo and antisubmarine nets in the West Indies throughout World War II. On 10 January 1945, Larch helped salvage a Pan American Clipper which had crashed in the Gulf of Paria, Venezuela, recovering six bodies and the plane fuselage.

Post-war decommissioning[edit]

Departing Trinidad 25 September, Larch steamed toward Norfolk, Virginia, arriving there 12 October. She operated out of Norfolk until she decommissioned there 28 June 1946. She was struck from the Navy List 5 March 1947, and transferred to Turkey under the Military Assistance Program 10 May 1948. She served the Turkish Navy as AG-4 (P-304).