USS Silverbell (AN-51)
|Name:||USS Silverbell (YN-70)|
|Builder:||Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Company, Stockton, California|
|Laid down:||7 November 1942|
|Launched:||19 June 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Henry Ohm|
|Reclassified:||AN-51, 20 January 1944|
|Commissioned:||16 February 1944|
|Decommissioned:||10 January 1947, Shanghai, China|
|Struck:||28 January 1947|
|one battle star for World War II service|
|Fate:||transferred to Republic of China Maritime Customs Service for use as a buoy and lighthouse tender|
|Class and type:||Ailanthus-class net laying ship|
|Length:||194 ft 6 in (59.28 m)|
|Beam:||34 ft 7 in (10.54 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)|
|Propulsion:||diesel electric, 2,500hp|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||57 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one single 3 in (76 mm) gun mount, four twin 20 mm gun mounts|
USS Silverbell (AN-51/YN-70) was an Ailanthus-class net laying ship which served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Ocean theatre of operations during World War II. Her career was without major incident, and she returned home after the war bearing one battle star to her credit.
Launched in California
Silverbell (AN-51) was laid down on 7 November 1942 as YN-70 by Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Company, Stockton, California, launched on 19 June 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Henry Ohm; redesignated as AN-51 on 20 January 1944; and commissioned on 16 February 1944, Lt. Mark C. Butler, Jr., USNR, in command.
World War II support
Pacific Ocean operations
Silverbell sailed from San Francisco, California, on 30 March to conduct shakedown training in the San Diego, California, area and returned on 1 April. The next day, she stood out of San Francisco en route to Manus Island, Admiralty Islands. She operated between there and Biak (Netherlands East Indies) until mid-September.
On the 24th, the net layer sailed for Leyte Gulf to support the landings there. She operated between Leyte, Manila, and Subic Bay until 17 November 1945 when she was ordered to return to San Pedro, California, via Pearl Harbor and San Francisco, for disposal.
Silverbell arrived in San Pedro, California, on 9 January 1946 and remained there until 3 July when she sailed for China via Pearl Harbor, Guam, and Subic Bay, Philippine Islands. The net layer remained in the Philippine Islands from 14 September to 22 December when she proceeded to Shanghai, arriving on 29 December 1946.
Honors and awards
Silverbell received one battle star for World War II service.
- 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-70 / AN-51 Silverbell