Ex Moctobi (now MV Lion) at Richmond, Ca., on March 2, 2012. Photo by Thoralf Doehring
USS MOCTOBI was one of the ABNAKI - class fleet ocean tugs. Originally laid down as AT 105, her designation was changed to ATF 105 on May 15, 1944. MOCTOBI served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and earned two battle stars for the Korean War and two campaign stars for the Vietnam War. She was decommissioned on September 30, 1985, and was subsequently laid up at Bremerton, Wash. Stricken from the Navy list on January 27, 1992, the ship was sold on December 29, 1997, and renamed MV LION. The LION ended up at the port of Richmond, Calif., where her owners abandoned her. Due to her bad condition, the Port of Richmond took her over and scrapped her at the nearby former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif., in fall 2012.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: October 7, 1943|
|Launched: March 25, 1944|
|Commissioned: July 25, 1944|
|Decommissioned: June 30, 1948|
|Recommissioned: November 8, 1950|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1985|
|Builder: Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Charleston, S.C.|
|Propulsion system: four GM Diesel engines|
|Length: 205 feet (62.48 meters)|
|Beam: 38.6 feet (11.73 meters)|
|Draft: 15.4 feet (4.7 meters)|
|Displacement: 1,589 tons|
|Speed: 16.5 knots|
|Armament: commissioned with one 3-inch/50 caliber gun, two twin 40mm guns, two 20mm guns|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MOCTOBI. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS MOCTOBI Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the former MOCTOBI - now named LION - and her sistership ex QUAPAW (ATF 110) - now named TIGER - laid up at Richmond, Calif., on March 28, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the former MOCTOBI laid up at Richmond, Calif., on March 2, 2012.
The photo below was taken by me and shows the former MOCTOBI being scrapped in a drydock at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif., on October 9, 2012.