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USS Altair (AD-11)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Romeo - Juliet
NURJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp) Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Altair Class Destroyer Tender
  • Laid down under United State Shipping Board (USSB) contract 1738 as SS Edisto, 18 December 1918, at Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 10 May 1919
  • Assigned US Navy ID No. 4156
  • Completed in June 1919
  • Transferred to the Navy from the USSB, 29 October 1921
  • Renamed Altair, 2 November 1921
  • Commissioned USS Altair (AD-11), 6 December 1921, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., CDR. James H. Comfort in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 March 1948, to Basalt Rock Co., Napa CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,400 t.(lim)
    Length 423' 9"
    Beam 54' 3"
    Draft 20' 9" (lim)
    Speed 10.5 kts.(trial)
    Complement
    officers 35
    enlisted 573
    Armament
    one 5"/51cal gun mount
    four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts (authorized but never installed)
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,860 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric, Curtis design turbine
    two Yarrow boilers 210psi Sat.
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Altair 125k USS Altair (AD-11) moored in Pearl Harbor, T.H., 8 February 1925. Among the destroyers alongside are: USS Marcus (DD-321), next to Altair; USS Sloat (DD-316), 3rd outboard of Altair; and USS Litchfield (DD-336), outboard ship in the nest.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 57797.
    Robert Hurst
    Altair 135k USS Altair (AD-11) moored at San Diego, CA. circa mid-1920s. The raked masts and smokestack behind her belong to USS Buffalo (AD-8).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 1874c courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Altair 82k USS Altair (AD-11) at anchor in San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York.
    Darryl Baker
    Altair 46k USS Altair (AD-11) underway, circa 1927, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Altair 19k USS Altair (AD-11) underway, date and location unknown. Hyper War US Navy in WWII
    Altair 27k USS Altair (AD-11) underway, date and location unknown. Hyper War US Navy in WWII
    Altair 117k USS Altair (AD-11) moored to a buoy, circa the late 1930s. In this photo it appears that the deck house on the stern has been expanded.
    US Navy photo, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Altair 171kk USS Altair (AD-11) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor in 1942.
    Photo by Life Magazine photographer Ralph Morse. Used for educational and non-commercial purposes.
    John Chiquoine
    Altair 93k USS Altair (AD-11) in what appears to be Measure 12 (modified) camouflage, moored at Port of Spain, Trinidad, 1 October 1942, tending USS Spay (PG-64), USS Bainbridge (DD-246), and USS Goff (DD-247), and the Dutch minelayer/patrol vessel HNMS Jan van Brakel (M-80).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-31669, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN
    Altair 38k USS Altair (AD-11) off Norfolk Navy Yard following refit, 25 July 1945
    US Navy photo
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    USS Altair (AD-11)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Comfort, James Hall6 December 1921 - 18 December 1923
    02CDR. Finney, Earl Peck18 December 1923 - ?
    03CAPT. Foote, Percy Wright :RADM26 June 1926 - 13 April 1928
    04CAPT. Rowan, Stephen Clegg13 April 1928 - 18 May 1929
    05CDR. Roberts, Frank Hamilton18 May 1929 - 12 May 1931
    06CAPT. Collins, Julian Herbert12 May 1931 - 24 June 1932
    07CAPT. Beauregard, Augustin Toutant :RADM24 June 1932 - 5 June 1934
    08CAPT. Gearing Jr., Henry Chalfont5 June 1934 - 18 June 1936
    09CAPT. Le Clair, Hugh Pope18 June 1936 - 8 June 1937
    10CDR. Craven, Francis Sanderson 8 June 1937 - 5 June 1939
    11CDR. Broadbent, Ernest William,5 June 1939 - 30 April 1941
    12CDR. Hutchins, Gordon 30 April 1941 - 10 June 1941
    13CDR. Hartley, Henry 10 June 1941 - 1 February 1942
    14CDR. Patterson, Theodore Thomas,1 February 1942 - 15 June 1942
    15CDR. Rend, Charles Joseph15 June 1942 - 11 January 1943
    16CAPT. Hutchinson Jr., Myron Wells11 January 1943 - 15 August 1943
    17CAPT. Poole, Elwood Dixon15 August 1943 - 8 August 1944
    18CAPT. Holden, Walter Emerson8 August 1944 - 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves, Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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