From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


The Abatan River is in the southwest part of Bohol Island, Philippines.

(AW-4:dp. 6640; 1. 523'6"; b. 68'; dr. 30'10"; s. 15.1 k.; cpl. 265; a. 1 5", 4 3"; cl. Pasig)

Abatan (AW-4) was launched 6 August 1944 as Mission San Lorenzo by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, Calif., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. Robert W. Adams; transferred to the Navy 28 November 1944; commissioned 29 January 1945, Lieutenant Commander E. N, Eriksen, USNR, in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

During 1945 and 1946 Abatan distilled and transferred potable water to units of the 3d, 5th, and 7th Fleet at Ulithi, Caroline Islands (22 March I October 1945) ; Okinawa (12 October-14 November) ; and Shanghai, China (18 November 1945-30 April 1946). From 1 to 27 June 1946 she participated in Operation Crossroads at Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands.

Returning to the United States, Abatan was placed out of commission in reserve 27 January 1947 at Philadelphia.

Transcribed by: epm
Date: 24 Apr 1999