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USS Cyrene (AGP-13)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Xray - Whiskey
NJXW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


Acontius Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender::
  • Laid down, as SS Cape Farewell, a Maritime Commission type (C1-A) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 891) at Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, DE.
  • Launched, 8 February 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 28 April 1944
  • Commission USS Cyrene (AGP-13), 27 September 1944, CDR. Frank A. Munroe, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cyrene was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Commission, 2 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final disposition, sold for non-transportation use (scrapping), 17 November 1976, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., delivered, 7 December 1976
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,236t.(lt) 10,590 t.(fl)
    Length 413'
    Beam 60'
    Draft 22' 6"
    Speed 15.7 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 37
    Enlisted 252
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 8,000 Bbls
    Diesel 360 Bbls
    Gasoline 105,000 Gals
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 4,000shp

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    Acontius 83k USS Cyrene (AGP-13) underway, 9 October 1944, soon after completing conversion.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-285451, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    PT-325 192k USS Cyrene (AGP 13) could dock two PT's at a time. PT-325 rests in cradle alongside, suspended from boom; another PT, with corner of stern just visible, rests in cradle on deck
    US National Archives photo 19-N-78876 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Joe Radigan and
    Robert Hurst
    Acontius 245k USS Cyrene (AGP-13) lifts an unidentified PT boat aboard for major hull repair, date and location unknown.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # 19-N-78877 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives from "At Close Quarters: PT Boats in the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr. USNR (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Acontius 58k USS Cyrene (AGP-13) moored to a buoy in San Francisco Bay circa late 1945 or early 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82217.
    Robert Hurst
    Acontius 73k USS Cyrene (AGP-13) at anchor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Cyrene (AGP-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Munroe Jr., Frank Asbury, USNR29 September 1944 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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