USS Anaqua (AN-40)

USS Anaqua (AN-40/YN-59) was an which served with the United States Navy
United States Navy
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 in the Western Pacific Theater of Operations
Pacific Theater of Operations
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 during World War II
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. She served the U.S. Pacific Fleet
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 with her protective anti-submarine net
Anti-submarine net
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s, and returned home safely after the war.
YN-59 was laid down on 16 December 1942 at Everett, Washington
Everett, Washington
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, by the Everett-Pacific Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.; launched on 16 August 1943; sponsored by Miss Marian Swalwell; redesignated AN-40 and named Anaqua
Ehretia anacua
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on 20 January 1944; and placed in commission on 21 February 1944.
After conducting shakedown training in Puget Sound
Puget Sound
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, the net laying ship got underway for Alaska
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 and reached Dutch Harbor on 20 May.


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