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USS Alatna
AOT-81 Launched, 6 Sept. 1956

The Alatna River is a federally-designated wild and scenic river in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. It is called one of the most beautiful rivers in America. Alatna is on the north bank of the Koyukuk River, southwest of its junction with the Alatna, approximately 190 air miles northwest of Fairbanks and 57 miles upriver from Hughes. Alatna lies just west of the municipal boundaries of the City of Allakaket. The ship was originally AOG-81.

USNS Yukon

USNS Yukon

Launched, 16 March, 1956

Launched, 6 February, 1993
Yukon means "great river" in Gwich'inThe 1,979 mile-long Yukon River, 2300 if you go all the way to Whitehorse, being 1266 mi in Alaska, is the mother river to the Tanana River and Chena Rivers. The river starts in the Yukon, Canada and flows through Alaska, emptying in the Bering Sea. The Yukon is one of the largest rivers in North America. The river is very remote with only a few dozen sizeable communities on its entire length. The river was a highway for prospectors during gold rush days (1890's) and continues to be an important river highway. The waters of the Yukon are silty (from glacial melt) most of the year. Read.
USS Tolovana
Launched, 6 January 1945

A small river in central Alaska. It rises in the mountains just to the west of Fairbanks and flows into the Tanana River, one of the primary tributaries of the Yukon River.

USS Chukawan AO-100 Launched, 28 August 1945

The Chikawan is a tributary of the Kuskokwim River. Kuskokwim Rive is approximately 724 mi long, in southwest Alaska in the United States. It provides the principal drainage for an area of the remote Alaska Interior on the north and west side of the Alaska Range, flowing southwest into Kuskokwim Bay on the Bering Sea. Except for its headwaters in the mountains, the river is broad and flat for its entire course, making it a useful transportation route for many types of watercraft. It is the longest free flowing river in the United States. It is also the longest river entirely within one state in the U.S., edging out the Trinity River of Texas by 14 miles.

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