From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


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.

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Date: 28 Dec 1998