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USS Octans (AF-26)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - November - Foxtrot
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Octans Class Stores Ship:
  • Built in 1917 as SS Ulua at Workman Clark and Co., Ltd., Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 8 May 1943, from the United Fruit Co.
  • Commissioned USS Octans (AF-26), 11 June 1943, LCDR. Otto J. Stein in command
  • During World War II USS Octans was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Octans was assigned to China service from 11 December 1945 to 1 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1946, at Baltimore, MD. and returned to United Fruit Co. the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Sold, 17 September 1947, to Papasco Scrap Co., (PD-X-379) for $48,430.00
  • Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet and delivered to Papasco Scrap Co., 6 December 1947
  • Resold to a Dutch company, reflagged Netherlands, renamed SS Chiriqui
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,000 t.(fl)
    Length 440'
    Beam 54' 4"
    Draft 26' 2"
    Speed 13.5 kts. (max)
    Complement
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 210
    Cargo Capacity1,600 DWT
    refrigerated 165,887 Cu ft.
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/51 cal gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose guns
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 8,395 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Workman and Clark vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engines
    two Scotch single-end and two Scotch double-end boilers, 215psi Sat
    three recip-drive 90Kw 110V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers, 6,000shp

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    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # YFD 18 4375-43
    93k USS Octans (AF-26) drydocked in YFD 18 at San Francisco, 15 June 1943. Octans was used to test the new Yard Floating Drydock which was 543 long and 114 wide and had a nominal lift of 10,500 tons.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # YFD 18 4375-43 and Mare Island Navy Yard photo # YFD 18 4374-43, dated 6/15/43.
    Darryl Baker and Stan Svec
    Octans
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # YFD 18 4374-43
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    Octans 53k Bows on view of USS Octans (AF-26) off San Francisco, 19 June 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 26 4494-43, dated 6/19/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Octans 49k Stern view of USS Octans (AF-26) off San Francisco, 19 June 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 26 4498-43, dated 6/19/43.
    Darryl Baker
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    NH 83227
    61k USS Octans (AF-26) underway off San Francisco, 19 June 1943.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 83227 and US National Archives (RG-19-LCM), Photo # 19-N-52191, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
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    19-N-52191
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    Octans
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF-26
    287k Four views of USS Octans (AF-26) pierside at a San Francisco, CA. ship repair facility, 2 July 1945.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF 26, AF-26 9609-45-S8, AF-26 9610-45-S8, AF-26 9607-45-S8
    Ed Zajkowski
    Octans
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF-26 9609-45-S8
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    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF-26 9610-45-S8
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    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # AF-26 9607-45-S8
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    USS Octans (AF-26)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Stein, Otto Julius11 June 1943 - 29 September 1944
    02CDR. Doolin Sr., Edward Hamilton29 September 1944 - 12 February 1945
    03LCDR. Fitzgerald, Charles F., USNR10 February 1945 - 6 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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