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Displacement: 1,478 ton

Length: 213'6"

Beam: 39'

Draught: 14'8"

Speed: 15 knots

Complement: 120

Armament: 4 x 40mm.

Chain (ARS 20) was launched 3 June 1943 by Basalt Rock Co., Napa, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. P. F. Roach; and commissioned 31 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander F. J. George, USNR, in command.

Chain sailed from San Diego 14 May 1944, bound for the Panama Canal, and Trinidad, which she reached 2 June. She towed barge YF-324 to Recife, Brazil, where on 2 July she joined the 4th Fleet for operations as tug and salvage ship from Recife and Bahia, Brazil, until 18 June 1945, when she cleared Recife for Norfolk. Her essential support played an important, if humble, part in enabling the 4th Fleet to carry out its mission of protecting the South Atlantic.



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