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USS Bellatrix (AF-62)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Lima
NHVL
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Cocktail (Q)uebec - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Quemoy-Matsu, 7-Vietnam)
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (5) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Alstede Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 October 1944, as SS Fleetwood a Maritime Commission, type (R2-S-BV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1207) at Moore Drydock Co. Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 4 December 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1945, for operation under GAA contract, by United Fruit Co.
  • To Coastwise SS. Co., 20 October 1946, for operation under bare bottom charter
  • To General SS Co. 12 October 1948, for operation under GAA contract
  • To Pacific Far East Lines, 27 December 1948, for operation under bare bottom charter
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 January 1958, operated by Pacific Far East Lines under GAA contract
  • Transferred to the Navy, 22 August 1961, converted for Naval Service at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
  • Renamed and designated Bellatrix (AF-62), 13 October 1961
  • Commissioned, 18 November 1961 as USS Bellatrix (AF-62) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., CDR. Nathan E. Dozier in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Bellatrix participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    29 November to 7 December 1965
    20 to 23 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    3 to 22 November 1967
    11 to 26 December 1967
    3 to 9 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    24 December 1965 to 2 January 1966
    14 to 25 May 1966
    3 to 10 June 1966
    22 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    7 to 16 May 1968
    28 May to 7 June 1968
    19 to 29 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    6 to 28 February 1967
    31 March to 10 April 1967
     

  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1968, at Naval Shipyard Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1968
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 March 1969, under MARAD contract PD-X-824 of 27 February 1969, to Zidell Explorations Inc., for $36,606.60
  • USS Bellatrix earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,180 t.(fl)
    Length 460'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 292
    Armament two .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion cross-compound turbine engine, single propeller

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    Bellatrix 142k USS Bellatrix (AF-62) conducting underway replenishment with USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) and USS Duncan (DDR-874) in Western Pacific waters. Photograph was released by Coral Sea under date of 16 April 1962.
    US Navy photo # NH 97649 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    CVA-61 Ranger 327k USS Bellatrix (AF-62) replenishing USS Ranger (CVA-61), 1963, location unknown. Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
    Bellatrix 89k USS Bellatrix (AF-62) underway in the Tonkin Gulf, 5 June 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Bellatrix 93k USS Bellatrix (AF-62) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Bellatrix 222k USS Bellatrix (AF-62) underway, date and location unknown. Rich Rohweder RMC(NAC) Ret. USS Bellatrix Feb-Sep 1966.

    USS Bellatrix (AF-62)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Dozier, Nathan E.18 November 1961 - ?
    03CDR. Evans, Jack Lavelle, USN20 January 1964 - 2 November 1964
    03CAPT. Short, James Woodliegh, USN (43)2 November 1964 - September 1965
    04CAPT. Shawcross, William H. (Bill) :RADMSeptember 1965 - February 1967
    05CAPT. Whiteaker, Maurice GeneFebruary 1967 - February 1968
    06CAPT. Johnson Jr., John David :VADMFebruary 1968 - 1 October 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base

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