Allied Warships

USS Otus (AS 20)

Submarine tender

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine tender
Class[No specific class] 
PennantAS 20 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Kearny, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down3 Jun 1940 
Launched2 Nov 1940 
Commissioned19 Mar 1941 
End service20 Aug 1946 
History

Displacement: 5775 BRT
Length: 420 feet
Complement: 644
Armament: 4 4" AA guns (2x2)
Speed: 15 kts

Acquired by the USN on 1 March 1941 and converted to a submarine tender
Commissioned as USS Otus (AS-20) on 19 March 1941
Reclassified as an internal combustion engine repair ship (ARG-20) on 25 June 1945
Decommissioned on 20 August 1946
Sold on 21 August 1946
Stricken on 25 September 1946

 

Commands listed for USS Otus (AS 20)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Joel Newsom, USN19 Mar 194127 Sep 1943 (1)
2T/Cdr. Lloyd Dallas Follmer, USN27 Sep 1943Jan 1945
3T/Cdr. George Thomas Boldizsar, USNJan 19451 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Otus include:


4 Mar 1943
Around 0840L/4, the submarine tender USS Otus (Cdr. J. Newsom, USN) departed Melbourne for Fremantle. She was escorted by the light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN).

Around 0645I/9, the destroyer HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) joined as A/S escort. (2)

9 Mar 1943
Around 1315I/9, USS Otus (Cdr. J. Newsom, USN), HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) and HrMs Van Galen (Lt.Cdr. F.T. Burghard, RNethN) arrived at Fremantle. (3)

23 Jun 1943
Around 1700H/23, the submarine tender USS Otus (Cdr. J. Newsom, USN) departed Fremantle for Sydney. She was escorted by the destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNethN). (4)

1 Jul 1943
Around 1500K/1, the submarine tender USS Otus (Cdr. J. Newsom, USN) and her escort, the destroyer HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNethN), arrived at Sydney from Fremantle. (5)

1 Sep 1943
Around 2030K/1, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) departed Brisbane escorting the submarine tender USS Otus (Cdr. J. Newsom, USN) towards the vicinity of Lady Elliot Island.

They parted company around 1830K/2. (6)

Sources

  1. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/o5/otus.htm
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for March 1943
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for March 1943 + File 2.12.03.1613 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  4. War diary of USS Otus for June 1943 + File 2.12.03.2100 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  5. War diary of USS Otus for July 1943 + File 2.12.03.2100 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  6. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for September 1943

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