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USS Ariel (AF-22)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Sierra - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Mizar Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1933 as SS Jamaica at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., for United Fruit Co.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 24 March 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Todd's Galveston, TX., Shipyard
  • Commissioned, USS Ariel (AF-22), 14 May 1942, at Galveston, TX., Capt. Emory P. Hylant USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at New York, N.Y. and Transferred to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, returned to United Fruit Co. in 1946
  • Resold and renamed SS Peten
  • Resold and renamed SS Blumenthal, reflagged German
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, December 1969
    Displacement 7,068 t.(lt) 11,875 t.(fl)
    Length 446' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 26'
    Speed 18.5 kts. (max)
    Cargo Capacity 1,990 DWT
    non-refrigerated 10,000 Cu ft
    refrigerated 170,275 Cu ft
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 220
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
    three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 9,325 Bbls
    two General Electric turbo-electric engines
    four Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 350psi 636°
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 240V D.C.
    twin propellers, 11,000shp
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    Commercial Service
    Ariel 62k Ex-Ariel (AF-22) in commercial service as SS Blumenthal moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in September 1965. Photo Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Ariel (AF-22)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Hyland, Emory Paul USN (22)14 May 1942 - ?
    02CDR. Beyer, Edward Francis12 February 1944 - 2 May 1944
    03LCDR. Smith, William Francis2 May 1944 - ?
    04LT. Monk, Herbert A. USNR29 March 1945 - ?
    05CAPT. Campbell, George William USN (26)26 October 1945 - 21 June 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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