USS Maricopa

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Maricopa

An Indian people of the Gila River valley in Arizona; a county in southwest-central Arizona.

(ATR-90: dp. 835; 1. 143'; b. 33'10"; dr. 13'2"; s. 13 k.;
cpl. 45; a. 13", 4 20mm., I dcp.; cl. Maricopa)

Maricopa (ATR-90) was laid down as BAT-2 under a contract from General Motors Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, by Gulfport Boiler & Welding Works, Port Arthur, Tex., 29 May 1942; reclassified AT-146 on 30 September 1942; launched 23 October 1942; reclassified ATR-90 on 5 January 1943; and commissioned 20 January 1943, Lt. Comdr. Myron E. McFarland in command.

After shakedown, Maricopa began duty with the Service
Force, Atlantic Fleet, out of Portland, Maine, towing tar-
get sleds in Casco Bay. She steamed down the Atlantic
coast 7 March and assumed similar duties in Chesapeake
Bay. Departing Norfolk 14 June, she sailed to Bermuda
and on the 17th began duty with the DD-DE Shakedown
Task Group (TG 23.1). Operating out of Port Royal Bay
and St. Georges Bay, she towed target sleds during shake-
down gunnery exercises for destroyer types. Reclassified
ATA-146 on 15 May 1M, she served at Bermuda during
the rest of World War II. After the defeat of the Axis
nations, she returned to New York where she decommis-
sioned 10 July 1946. She transferred to the Maritime Com-
mission 17 October 1947. Transferred again at the end of
nionth, she has served Argentina, as Yamana into
1969.

The name Maricopa was assigned to APA-245, a Marltime Commission VC2-S-AP5 type, 26 April 1945; construction by Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oreg., was suspended 14 August 1945 and the Maritime Commission contract was canceled 19 August 1945.