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USS Arided (AK-73)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Zulu - Whiskey
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 20 October 1942, as SS Noah H. Swayne, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 500), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 28 October 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 12 November 1942
Converted for Naval service by the Matson Maintenance Co., San Francisco, CA.
Commissioned USS Arided (AK-73), 23 November 1942, at San Francisco, CA., LCDR. John B. Blaine in command
During World War II USS Arided was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomons, 11 and 23 May 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Arided was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 13 September to 25 October 1945
Decommissioned, 12 January 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H. and towed to San Francisco, CA
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 1947
Delivered, 2 October 1947, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
USS Arided earned two battle stars for her World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 7 August 1962, National Metal and Steel Co., Removed 22 August 1962, Scrapping completed, 7 March 1963
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 420,277 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Broadside view of USS Arided (AK-73) off Mare Island, 26 November 1942.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7286-11-42, 11/26/42
USS Arided (AK-73)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Blaine, John Bernard||23 November 1942 - November 1943|
|02||LCDR. Elb, Aloysius||November 1943 - 1 August 1944|
|03||LCDR. Hughes, Jack Joffre, USNR||1 August 1944 - 12 January 1946 |
|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
Last Updated 4 April 2014
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