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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Abnaki Class Fleet Ocean Tug
    Keel Laid December 1 1943
    Launched March 25 1944 as Fleet Tug (AT)
    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) May 15 1944

    Commissioned July 25 1944 - Decommissioned June 30 1948
    Recommissioned November 8 1950 - Decommissioned September 30 1985

    Struck from Naval Register January 27 1992 Sold December 1997

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (1946)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Date From
Date To
Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image

1st Commissioning July 25 1944 to June 30 1948


Locy Type




Locy Type RECD

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. CD-R3



2nd Commissioning November 8 1950 to September 30 1985


Machine Cancel

Long Beach CA


No Image

Official Ship's Cachet


Other Information

MOCTOBI earned the Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), two (2) National Defense Service Medals, the Korean Service Medal (w/ 2 Battle stars), seven (7) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal (w/ 2 Campaign stars), the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

NAMESAKE - An American Indian tribe of Arizona.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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