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USS Bellatrix (AF-62)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Lima
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 by United Fruit Co.
  • Transferred in October 1946 to Pacific Far East Lines for operation
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in April 1958, operated by Pacific Far East Lines
  • 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, scrapped in 1969
  • USS Bellatrix earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    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 - ?
    02CAPT. Whiteaker, Maurice Geneno dates
    04CAPT. Shawcross, William H. (Bill) :RADMSeptember 1965 - February 1967
    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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