USS Cyrene (AGP-13)
was a motor torpedo boat tender
for the United States Navy
She was laid down as Cape Farewell
, a Maritime Commission type hull
under a Maritime Commission contract, at Pusey and Jones
Corp., Wilmington, Delaware.Cyrene
was launched 8 February 1944 as Cape Farewell
, sponsored by Mrs. G. L. Coppage. She was acquired by the Navy on 28 April 1944, and was and commissioned 27 September 1944 with Commander F. A. Munroe, Jr., United States Naval Reserve, in command.
Departing Norfolk, Virginia
10 November 1944, Cyrene
arrived at Manus
on 13 December to escort two squadrons of motor torpedo boats to Hollandia
, New Guinea
. She then sailed on convoy duty to Leyte
, arriving 1 January 1945.Cyrene
then served as tender for motor torpedo boats, and on 17 January 1945 became flagship
for Commander, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadrons, 7th Fleet
. After the war ended, she sailed from Samar
on 21 December 1945 and arrived at San Francisco
on 7 January 1946, reporting to the 12th Naval District for repair work in decommissioning small craft. Cyrene
was decommissioned 2 July 1946 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration
for disposal the same day.Don Rickles
, actor and comedian, served as S1/c
As of 2005, no other ship in the United States Navy has been named Cyrene
One of her lifeboats is now in use at Dover, England
, where it has been converted into a live-aboard vessel.
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