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USS Fairfield (AK-178)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Echo
NEKE
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 r II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2374), at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 6 February 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 28 March 1945, and commissioned USS Fairfield (AK-178), the same day, LT. Charles R. Snyder, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Fairfield (AK-178) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 11 January 1946, at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 February 1946, custody transferred to the US Army the same day
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Final Disposition, declared a total loss, 29 April 1947
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5kts
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu. ft.
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    USS Fairfield (AK-178)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Snyder, Charles Robert, USNR28 March 1945 - 11 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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