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(ATF‑105: dp. 1,210 (lt.); l. 205'; b. 38'6"; dr. 15'3"; s. 17 k.; cpl. 85; a. 1 3", 2 40mm., 2 20mm., 2 dct.; cl. Abnaki)


Moctobi (ATF‑105) was laid down as AT‑105 by Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C., 7 October 1943; launched 25 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Wade C. Harrison; reclassified ATF‑105 on 15 May 1944; and commissioned at Charleston 25 July 1944, Lt. Troy Braesher in command.


After shakedown in Chesapeake Bay, Moctobi wasassigned to duty in the Pacific with ComServPac. Departing Norfolk 1 September, she stopped at New Orleans where she took in tow a section of ABSD‑3; thence, she sailed for the Marshalls 8 September. She reached Eniwetok via Majuro 21 November and steamed to Hawaii, arriving Pearl Harbor the 29th. On 12 December she sailed in convoy to Eniwetok with another ABSD section. After touching at Eniwetok the 29th, she departed 2 January 1945 for Guam. She dropped off ABD‑16 at Guam 9 January; sailed for Ulithi the same day; and reached that important advance base two days later.


Assigned to Service Squadron 10, Moctobi operated out of Ulithi until the end of the war in the Pacific. There she carried out the harbor duties necessary to prepare ships of the hard‑hitting task forces for their strikes against the enemy. During the Iwo Jima campaign she served on a standby basis with the Support Force and at the conclusion of the campaign towed Marl (IX‑160) from Saipan to Ulithi.


On 30 March 1945 Moctobi sailed with units of the fast tanker fleet and joined the Logistic Support Group off Okinawa. During the next 47 days she provided at sea logistics support for ships of the 5th Fleet, thence returned to Ulithi 12 to 16 May. After completing a run to Leyte Gulf and back, she departed Ulithi 3 July with other ATFs and joined the Logistics Support Group for support of the 3d Fleet Bombardment Force. She served at sea during the closing weeks of the war and arrived Yokosuka, Japan, after the cessation of hostilities. She began supporting occupation operations 29 August and aided in the landing of initial occupation forces in the Tokyo area. She towed American and Japanese ships and supported demolition operations of Jap suicide boats and submarines along the eastern coast of Honshu.


Moctobi sailed for Okinawa 14 October and for more than 2 months aided in salvaging and refloating many ships damaged by the recent vicious typhoons. On Christmas Eve she sailed for Pearl Harbor with ARD‑29 in tow. Upon arriving, she reported to ComServPac for continued duty out of Pearl Harbor. She returned to the west coast in May 1946 and later that year deployed once again to the Far East. She operated in the Philippines until June 1947, thence sailed to the United States. She began preinactivation overhaul at San Francisco 1 December and decommissioned 30 June 1948. Assigned to the Pacific Reserve Fleet 27 August, she was berthed at Alameda, Calif.


On 8 November 1950 Moctobi recommissioned at San Francisco, Lt. John M. Geortner in command. Following refresher training off the west coast, Moctobi steamed to the Far East. Between February and November 1951 she was underway almost constantly, touching Midway, Eniwetok, Kwajalein, Guam, Subic Bay, Sasebo, Yokosuka. Inchon, Pusan, Okinawa, Taiwan, and Taechong Do, Korea. In September she conducted salvage operations on the ROK PF‑62 off Abru Somu Island, North Korea. She towed the damaged ship to Pusan thence to Yokosuka for repairs. She returned to Pearl Harbor in December for overhaul, thence between April and September 1952 made several towing trips to Johnson Island and the Marshalls.


In November Moctobi steamed to the northern Pacific for duty in the Aleutians. During the next several months she carried out towing and SAR duty from Dutch Harbor to Attu. She returned to Pearl Harbor in June 1953. Following operations between Hawaii and the west coast, she made another WestPac deployment in March 1954. Tug and towing assignments sent her from Japan to the Philippines and from Korea to French Indochina. In September she steamed via Pearl Harbor to San Francisco, and during the next year she carried out tows along the west coast and to Pearl Harbor.


Moctobi maintained a busy tug and towing schedule throughout the Pacific for more than a decade. Although homeported in Pearl Harbor, she ranged the Pacific from the west coast to the Far East while supporting the might of American seapower in the Pacific. She carried out towing duties to American bases throughout the Pacific and when requested she provided emergency at sea tows for ships in distress. In addition she carried out SAR patrols and undertook special operations of a classified nature for the Atomic Energy Commission.


Following a 3‑month deployment to the Aleutians in mid‑1963, Moctobi steamed to Seattle, Wash., 15 October to prepare for an unusual towing assignment. On 28 October she departed for Honolulu, Hawaii, with the four-masted sailing ship Falls of Clyde (see DANFS, vol. 111, p. 733) in tow. During the trip, which took 21 days, Moctobi encountered several severe storms with 40‑knot winds and 20‑foot seas. However, she delivered the wroughtiron‑hulled ship, safely to tugs off Honolulu 21 November.


Since 1963 Moctobi has continued to carry out tug and towing assignments, as well as additional duties given to this busy ATF, with skill and dispatch. Whether operating in the waters of the north Pacific or in the Far East, she has supported the mighty ships of the U.S. Navy in the continuing struggle to maintain the freedom of the seas for the forces of freedom. Into 1969 she continues to range the length and breadth of the Pacific while operating out of Pearl Harbor.