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USS Cetus (AK-77)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Mike - Foxtrot
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down as, date unknown, as SS George B. Cortelyou, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE Hull 445), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 26 December 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 4 January 1943
Commissioned, USS Cetus (AK-77), 17 January 1943, LCDR. Nicolas T. Gansa, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Cetus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 27 July to 9 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 5 May 1945
Decommissioned, 20 November 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 21 November 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., name reverted to SS George B. Cortelyou
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1971, to Hierros Ardes S.A., Spain
Withdrawn from reserved and delivered to her purchaser, 6 January 1972
USS Cetus earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,250 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,500 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
two 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 Combustion Engineering 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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||USS Cetus (AK-77) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 25 August 1945, She has been modified with two 40mm guns instead of two 20mm guns in the after positions on the deckhouse. The 40mm guns are stowed horizontally while the 20mm guns in the forward positions on the deckhouse are stowed vertically.
US National Archives photo # 19-N-90243, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
USS Cetus (AK-77)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Gansa, Nicholas Thomas, USNR||17 January 1943 - 1 May 1943|
|02||LCDR. Grey, Ernest James, USNR||1 May 1943 - 1 June 1944|
|03||LT. Johnson, Charles B., USNR||1 June 1944 - 20 November 1945|
|05||Martin Jr., Harold Louis, USNR||18 September 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 24 October 2014
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