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Coasters Harbor
(AG-74: dp. 5,766; l. 441'6"; b. 56'11"; dr. 23'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 891; a. 1 5"; cl. Basilan)

An island in Narragansett Bay, R.I., site of the Naval War College.

Coasters Harbor was launched 17 November 1944 by New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, Maine, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. M. M. Naples; transferred to the Navy 26 November 1944; commissioned the same day, ferried to Todd Shipbuilding Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.; decommissioned 30 November 1944 for conversion to an electronics repair ship; and was recommissioned 29 July 1945, Commander T. H. Mover, USNR, in command.

Sailing from Norfolk, Va., 29 August, Coasters Harbor reached San Diego, Calif., 19 September and Sasebo, Japan, 31 October. She remained there servicing vessels of the occupation force until 5 March 1946 when she sailed westward to take part in Operation "Crossroads." Following the atomic weapons tests Coasters Harbor returned to the west coast, arriving at San Pedro, Calif., 14 September. She was placed out of commission in reserve at San Diego 3 July 1947. She was redesignated AKS-22, 18 August 1951 and stricken from the Navy List on 1 April 1960.