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USS Celeno (AK-76)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Juliet - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Guadalcanal, 16 June 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 3 November 1942, as SS Redfield Proctor, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 439), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 12 December 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 19 December 1942
Commissioned, USS Celeno (AK-76), 2 January 1943, LCDR. N. E. Lanphere, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Celeno was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA., and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal, name reverted to SS Redfield Proctor
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1961
USS Celeno received three battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 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 and Wilcox header-type boilers, 230psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Forward plan view of USS Celeno (AK-76) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 26 November 1943. The stern of USS Chincoteague (AVP 24) is in the background.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7865-43.
||Stern view of USS Celeno (AK-76) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 27 November 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7878-43.
||Broadside view of USS Celeno (AK-76) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 27 November 1943. Celeno was in overhaul at the shipyard from 4 September until 30 December 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7880-43.
||Bows on view of USS Celeno (AK-76) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 27 November 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7882-43.
USS Celeno (AK-76)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Lanphere, N. E.||2 January 1943 - ?|
|02||LCDR. Breed, H. H.||WWII|
|03||LCDR. Gately, J. P.||WWII|
|04||LCDR. Haines Jr., A. S.||WWII|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 11 February 2011
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