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The Fourth Fleet was established in 24 Sep 1942. In its height, it comprised an array of 36 different types of ships such as:


1 AMMUNITION SHIP  - AE-2 NITRO


4 AUXILIARY MOTOR MINESWEEPER  - YMS-44, YMS-45, YMS-60, YMS-76


1 CARGO SHIP  


16 COAST GUARDS  & CRASH BOATS - 83302, 83335, 83341, 83344, 83369, 83448, 83449, 83474, 83475, 83481, 83482, 83483, 83484, 83485, 83491, 83492


1 COASTAL PATROL YACHT  - PYC-44 PERSEVERANCE      


1 COVERED LIGHTER   - YF-324  


28 DESTROYERS 

DD-266 GREENE, DD-150 BLAKELEY, DD-152 DU PONT, DD-154 ELLIS, DD-155 COLE, DD-188 GOLDSBOROUGH, DD-196 GEORGE BADGER, DD-211 ALDEN, DD-215 BORIE,  DD-216 JOHN D. EDWARDS, DD-217 WHIPPLE, DD-211 SIMPSON, DD-228 JOHN D FORD DD-247 GOFF, DD-248 BARRY,  DD-255 OSMOND INGRAM, DD-358 MC DOUGAL, DD-359 WINSLOW DD-361 CLARK, DD-362 MOFFET, DD-381 SOMERS, DD-395 DAVIS, DD-396 JOUETT, DD-418 ROE DD-429 LIVERMORE, DD-430 EBERLE, DD-432 KEARNY, DD-440 ERICSON


26 DESTROYER ESCORTS

DE-16 EDGAR G CHASE, DE-99 CANNON, DE-100 CHRISTOPHER, DE-101 ALGER DE-108 DOUGLAS L HOWARD, DE-139  FARQUHAR, DE-140 J.R.Y BLAKELY, DE-141 HILL DE-142 FESSENDEN, DE-174 MARTS, DE-175 PENNEWILL, DE-176 MICKA, DE-177 REYBOLD DE-178 HERZOG, DE-179 McANN, DE-180 TRUMPETER, DE-181 STRAUB, DE-182 GUSTAFSON DE-192 EISNER, DE-193 GARFIELD THOMAS, DE-240 MOORE, DE-241 KEITH, DE-243 J. RICHARD WARD DE-244 OTTERSTETTER, DE-245 SLOAT, DE-527 O'TOOLE


1 DESTROYER TENDER  - AD-2 MELVILLE


3 DISTRICT HARBOR TUG  - YTB-192 PESSACUS, YT-242 UNCAS, YT-326 SACAGAWEA


4 ESCORT CARRIER  -  CVE-29 SANTEE, CVE-59 MISSION BAY, CVE 64 TRIPOLI, CVE- 69 SOLOMONS


1 FLEET  TUG - ATF-81 BANNOCK


2 FLEET OCEAN TUG -  AT-82 CARIB, AT-91 SENECA


2 FLEET OILER - AO-45 BIG HORN,  AO-9 PATOKA


2 FLOATING WORKSHOP - YR-35, YR-45        


3 FUEL OIL BARGE - YO-70, YO-138, YO-149


2 GENERAL STORES ISSUE  SHIP  - AK-46 PLEIADES - AKS-4 POLLUX


6 LIGHT CRUISER -  CL-4 OMAHA, CL-5 MILWAUKEE, CL-6 CINCINNATI, CL-12 MARBLEHEAD, CL-13 MEMPHIS, CL-42 SAVANNAH


1 MISCELLANEOUS AUXILIARY  - AG-49 ANACAPA


9 MINESWEEPER - AM-70 FLICKER, AM-72 BLUEBIRD, AM-76 LINNET, AM-255 JUBILANT, AM-256 KNAVE, AM-257 LANCE, AM-258 LOGIC, AM-259 LUCID, AM-260 MAGNET, 


1 OPEN CARGO LIGHTER   - YCK-43


28 PATROL CRAFT    

PC-1236, PC-488, PC-489, PC-490, PC-491, PC-492, PC-493, PC-494, PC-495, PC-544, PC-547, PC-554, PC-561, PC-574, PC-575, PC-576, PC-577, PC-592, PC-593, PC-594, PC-595, PC-604, PC-605, PC-607, PC-609, PC-610, PC-617, PC-618 


5 PATROL CRAFT ESCORT  - PCE-842, PCE-843, PCE-845, PCE-871, PCE-874, 


5 PATROL GUNBOAT  - PG-63, PG-64, PG-65, PG-70, PG-71  


2 PATROL YACHT    - PY-13, PY-19 CARNELLIAN


2 RESCUE SALVAGE SHIP  - ARS-2 CRUSADER, ARS-20 CHAIN, ARS-20 CHAIN


2 RESCUE TUG  - ATR-7, ATR-43


1 SEAPLANE TENDER - AV-5 ALBERMALE


3 SEAPLANE TENDER DESTROYER - AVD-4 CLEMSON, AVD-8 BELKNAP


8 SMALL SEAPLANE TENDER  - AVP-1 LAPWING, AVP-3 THRUSH, AVP-9 SANDPIPER, AVP-10 BARNEGAT, AVP-21 HUMBOLDT, AVP-22 MATAGORDA, AVP-29 ROCKAWAY, AVP-50 REHOBOT


1 STORES SHIP  - AF-40 SATURN


1 SUBMARINE TENDER  - AS-21 ANTAEUS    


3 TRANSPORT SHIP - AP-112 GAL MANN, AP-116 GAL MEIGS, AP-24 ORIZABA


1 YARD CRAFT  - YHB-23 BIG PEBBLE


2 YARD FLOATING DRYDOCK  - YFD-27, YFD-38


TOTAL  181


This force joined nearly 200 ships including those of the Brazilian Navy. This decisive endeavor, made it possible to patrol the vastness of the south Atlantic, securing the sea lanes and hunting the U boats, raiders and blockade runners. Brazilian ships were assigned escorting convoy duties along Pan American zone in conjunction with US Navy ships. Brazilians soon acquired modern ships and updated their men in new ASW tactics. As the war progressed the Fourth Fleet area was extended to the limits of African coast as declared Vice Admiral Ingram to Brazilian authorities late in 1942.



The map shows the vast area assigned to the Fourth Fleet, later extended to the African side interacting with the Royal Navy sector.



 

 
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