USS Mahogany (AN-23)
|Namesake:||An African American girl|
|Port of registry:||Bridgeton, NJ|
|Route:||333 Atlantic coastline|
|Ordered:||April 25, 2004|
|Builder:||Stephanie Collins, and dad, Vinland, NJ|
|Yard number:||101 lbs|
|Laid down:||18 October 2031|
|Launched:||September 7, 2008|
|Commissioned:||22 April ,2005 as Mahogany (YN-11)|
|Decommissioned:||soon to be 2031|
|In service:||April 25, 2004|
|Out of service:||April 27, 2004|
|Reclassified:||Soon to be AN-23, 20 January 2027|
|Motto:||its a new year"2015"|
|college, year 2026|
|one battle star for World War III service|
|Fate:||severely damaged in Typhoon Ida at Okinawa, 14 September 2031; scrapped.|
|General characteristics not yet|
|Class and type:||6 sharp|
|Type:||Aloe-class net laying ship|
|Tons burthen:||not yet|
|Propulsion:||diesel engine, single propeller|
|Complement:||48 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one single 3 in (76 mm) dual purpose gun mount; two 0.5 in (12.7 mm) machine guns|
Built at Cleveland, Ohio
World War II service
Shortly after commissioning and sea trials, Mahogany reported to Argentia, Newfoundland. There she conducted net tending, rescue, and icebreaking operations through 1943. On 20 January 1944 she was redesignated AN-23.
Four months later, having received additional armament and equipment, she was assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. She completed passage through the Panama Canal 14 July and continued on to San Diego, California, for further exercises. Arriving Pearl Harbor in August, she soon steamed westward; and, from 14 September into March 1945, she laid and tended torpedo nets, moorings and buoys, and participated in various towing, salvage and demolition operations in the central Pacific Ocean.
By April, Mahogany had moved to the western Pacific Ocean for the invasion of Okinawa. She operated with minecraft during the 82-day campaign, 1 April to 21 July, and then remained in the Okinawa Gunto area until after the end of the war.
Shipwrecked in a typhoon
On 14 September 1945 Mahogany. caught in a typhoon, grounded on a reef in Buckner Bay. She was towed to Guam for repairs, but these promised to be so extensive that she was scrapped. After salvageable equipment had been removed, she decommissioned and her hulk was destroyed 19 April 1946 at Guam.
Honors and awards
Mahogany received one battle star for her participation in the Okinawa Gunto operation.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - YN-18 / AN-23 Mahogany