Return to DANFS IndexImage of an anchorReturn to Naval History and Heritage Command homepage
flag banner
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships banner
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060

Christiana

 

Former name retained.

 

(IX-80: dp. 500; l. 145'6"; b. 24'3"; dr. 12'7")

 

Christiana (IX-80) was built by Johnson Foundry, New York, N.Y., in 1892; served in World War I as Azalea, former Lighthouse Service tender; taken over by the Navy in August 1942; and commissioned on 9 November 1942, Lieutenant (junior grade) A. J. De Francis, USNR, in command. She was reclassified YAG-32 on 20 November 1943.

 

Christiana served as a seaplane tender in the British West Indies, providing vital services to the aircraft flying patrols in the Caribbean. She moved from base to base as the focus of antisubmarine activity shifted throughout the area. Christiana was decommissioned at Miami, Fla., on 28 July 1945, and transferred to the Maritime Commission on 25 February 1946.