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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.

    Navajo Class Fleet Tug
    Keel Laid 7 September 1942 - Launched 20 March 1943

    Commissioned 16 August 1943

    Redesignated Fleet Ocean Tug (ATF) 16 May 1944
    Inactived 4 April 1950
    Decommissioned 14 April 1950
    Laid up in Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group

    Placed In Service 24 January 1958 - Out of Service 1960

  4. YELCHO AGS-64
    Transferred (leased) to Chile 16 May 1960 and renamed
    Placed out of commission by the Chilean Navy 16 August 1996

    Struck from Naval Register 25 June 1992
    Sunk as target by Chilean Naval Forces

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. USS Tekesta AT-93 Covers Page 1     (1943-1946)



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

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link To
Cover Image


Locy Type 2z


GregCiesielski Tekesta ATF93 19461027 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Tekesta ATF93 19461027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day cover. From the Bob Govern collection.


Locy Type


GregCiesielski Tekesta ATF93 19461027 2 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Tekesta ATF93 19461027 1 Front.jpg

Navy Day cover. The "Received" mark still shows the designation as AT, even though the ship had been redesignated as ATF over two years earlier. From the Bob Govern collection.


Other Information

USS TEKESTA earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 Battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp), the National Defense Service Medal and the Philippines Liberation Medal during her Naval career.

NAMESAKE - Alternative spelling of Tequesta, a piratical Indian tribe which inhabited the area of the present-day Florida counties of Dade and Monroe during the 16th century. The ships sponsor was Mrs. P. S. Treiber.



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