Allied Warships

USS Coucal (ASR 8)

Submarine rescue vessel of the Chanticleer class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine rescue vessel
ClassChanticleer 
PennantASR 8 
Built byMoore Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co. (Oakland, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered30 Dec 1940 
Laid down30 Sep 1941 
Launched28 May 1942 
Commissioned22 Jan 1943 
End service 
History

Stricken on 15 September 1977
Sunk as a target

 

Commands listed for USS Coucal (ASR 8)

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1Lt.Cdr. David H Byerly, USNR22 Jan 1943??? (1)

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Notable events involving Coucal include:


6 Nov 1944
During 6 and 7 November 1944, HMS Sea Rover (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN), conducted exercises off Fremantle. First gunnery exercises were carried out on a target that was being towed by HMAS Alfie Cam. These were followed by attack exercises during which USS Coucal (Lt.Cdr. D.H. Byerly, USNR) served as target.

In the evening radar tracking exercises were carried out during which HMAS Warrnambool (Lt.Cdr.(Emgy.) E.J.B. Wight, RAN) served as target. On completion of these exercises HMS Sea Rover returned to Fremantle where she arrived early the next day. (2)

Sources

  1. http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/c14/coucal.htm
  2. ADM 173/18679

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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