USS Pontus (AGP-20)

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United States
Name: USS Pontus
Namesake: A Latin form of Pontos, a Greek god of the sea
Builder: Chicago Bridge and Iron Co.
Laid down: 13 July 1942
Launched: 2 March 1943
Commissioned: 24 March 1943 (Reduced Commission), 2 April 1943 (Full Commission)
Decommissioned: 11 April 1946
In service: 1943
Out of service: 1946
Struck: 1 May 1946
Fate: Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 26 November 1947
Status: Unknown
Notes: Ship International Radio Callsign: NJZO
General characteristics
Class and type: LST-1-class Tank Landing Ship / Portunus-class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender
Displacement: 3,755 tons (full load)
Length: 328 ft (100 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Propulsion: Diesel engines, twin screws, 1,800 hp (1,300 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 119
Armament: 1 x 3 in (76 mm)/50 Dual Purpose Mount

USS Pontus was a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender in service with the United States Navy during the Second World War. Commissioned in March 1943, during the war she was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

Following the war, USS Pontus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 20 November 1945. She was decommissioned in 1946 and struck the same year after just 3 years of service. She was transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal on 26 November 1947. She earned three Battle Stars for World War II Service. Her current status is unknown, most likely scrapped.

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