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USS Talamanca (AF-15)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Juliet - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Mizar Class Stores Ship:
Built in 1931 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. as SS Talamanca a passenger/freighter combination liner and fruit cargo carrier for the United Mail Steamship Co., New York, N.Y.
Acquired by the Navy, 16 December 1941, from the United Mail Steamship Co.
Converted for Naval service at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned USS Talamanca AF-15, 28 January 1942, CDR. Nathan W. Bard in command
Decommissioned, 29 November 1945, at New Orleans, LA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
Returned to United Fruit Co., 26 July 1947
Sold, 1 November 1958, to Elder & Fyffes, renamed SS Sulaco, reflagged Great Britain
Final Disposition, scrapped at Bruges, Belgium, arrived 8 August 1964, scrapping completed in 1965
Displacement 6,963 t.(lt) 11,875 t.(fl)
Length 446' 10"
Draft 25' 2"
Speed 18 kts. (trial)
Cargo Capacity 2,100 DWT
refrigerated 171,700 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 12,240 Bbls
two General Electric turbo-electric engines
three Babcock and Wilcox header type boilers, 350psi, 666°
three turbo-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
twin propellers, 11,000shp
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||USS Talamanca (AF-15) under way, 30 June 1942, location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
| Merchant Service
United Fruit Lines
Elder & Fyffes Lines
||Ex-USS Talamanca (AF-15) in merchant service as United Fruit Company's SS Talamanca underway, circa 1946 to 1947, location unknown.
||SS Talamanca moored pierside, circa 1946 to 1969, location unknown.
||Ex-Talamanca (AF-15) moored pierside in merchant service as Elder & Fyffes' SS Sulaco, circa 1959-64, location unknown.
||David Nixon and
|| SS Sulaco under way off Avonmouth, United Kingdom, date unknown.
Photo from the Malcolm Cranfield Collection.
|| SS Sulaco under way in harbor with the assistance of a tug, date and location unknown.
USS Talamanca (AF-15)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Bard, Nathan Wayne||28 January 1942 - ?|
|02||CDR. Moureau, Ralph Henning||16 November 1943 - ?|
|03||LCDR. Howland, Roger L.||24 August 1944 |
|04||LCDR. Dooley, Ralph C.||14 September 1945 - 29 November 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 27 April 2018
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