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USS Sirius (AF-60)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Foxtrot - Charlie
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Yonkers (D)elta - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Sirius Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 January 1942, as SS Trade Wind, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 185) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 11 April 1942
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 30 April 1943, under a General Agency Agreement to United Fruit Line
  • Chartered by Pacific Far East Line Inc., 25 September 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up, 2 July 1948, in the Maritime Administration (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Chartered by Pacific Far East Line Inc., 16 August 1948
  • Laid up, 20 January 1949, in the MARAD National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy from MARAD, 18 May 1956
  • Commissioned USS Sirius (AF-60), 12 January 1957, at San Francisco, CA., CDR. Granville, F. Coffin, USN in Command
  • Decommissioned, 14 May 1964
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1965
  • Returned to MARAD, 1 August 1965, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 April 1971, to West Waterway Lumber Co., Seattle, WA. During the dismantling process in early 1972 the vessel caught fire and capsized off the breakers' yard. It took the company almost two years to secure the wreck. Finally, in late 1973, it was cut into pieces "as lies"
    Displacement 7,430 t.(lt), 13,893 t.(fl)
    Length 459'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 17 kts. (max.)
    Complement 278
    Armament none
    600psi cross compound steam turbine
    single propeller

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    Merchant Service
    Sirius 64k SS Trade Wind at anchor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USS Sirius (AF-60)
    Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sirius 80k USS Sirius (AF-60) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Courtesy Lyle Hildebrand USS Vega web site
    Sirius 79k USS Sirius (AF-60) under way passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco in 1958.
    Photo by ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Sirius 55k USS Sirius (AF-60) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller
    222k USS Sirius (AF-60) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    Sirius 144k Ex-USS Sirius (AF-60) partially sunk at Seattle, WA., after she caught fire, 28 January 1972, while being scrapped. She later capsized again and was finally scrapped on her side in 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 89303
    Mike Green

    USS Sirius (AF-60)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Coffin, Granville Farewell, USN 12 January 1957 - 28 February 1959
    02CDR. Kicker, Harold Jerome, USN28 February 1959 - 23 August 1960
    03CDR. Schug, Donald Frederick, USNR 23 August 1960 - August 1961
    04CAPT. Healy, Charles Edward, USN August 1961 - September 1962
    05LCDR. Harlan, Donald Michael, USN (USNA 1949)14 October 1963 - 14 May 1964
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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