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USS Altair (AKS-32)
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USS Altair (AK-257) (1952 - 1953)
SS Aberdeen Victory (1944 - 1952)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Echo - Quebec
NBEQ
SS Aberdeen Victory Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1-Okinawa) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Altair Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)


Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 20 April 1944, as SS Aberdeen Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 110), at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 30 May 1944
  • Completed, 22 June 1944
  • Contracted to Waterman Steamship Co.
  • During World War II SS Aberdeen Victory was supported operations in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • SS Aberdeen Victory participated in the Assault and occupation of Okinawa in May 1945
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, circa 1945-1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 7 July 1951
  • Commissioned Cargo Ship USS Altair (AK-257), 31 January 1952, at Baltimore, MD., CDR. George J. Largess in command.
  • Decommissioned, 5 January 1953, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., for conversion to a General Stores Issue Ship Antares Class General Stores Issue Ship
  • Converted at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Recommissioned, USS Altair (AKS-32), 15 December, 1953, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Decommissioned, 2 May 1969, at Portsmouth, VA.
  • Custody transferred to MARAD, 1 May 1973, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 September 1971
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 January 1975, to Luria Brothers & Co., Philadelphia, PA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,960 t.
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 250
    Armament two twin 40mm gun mounts
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8500shp

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    Altair 80k USS Altair (AKS-32), underway, circa 1959 or later (note the helicopter flight deck on her fantail which was added in 1959) place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Altair 82k USS Altair (AKS-32) moored at Naples Italy, late-May 1962. Photo by Jack C. Sofield
    Altair 1305k USS Altair (AKS-32) moored at Genoa Italy, 13 May 1962. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Altair 72k USS Altair (AKS-32) underway in the Mediterranean Sea.
    US Naval Support Activity, Naples Italy photo from the 16 August 1963 edition of station newspaper "Panorama".
    Michael F Troiano, BM3, USS Altair 1963-65
    Nitro 196k USS Nitro (AE 23) at right conducts an underway replenishment of ammunition with USS Forrestal (CV-59) while USS Altair (AKS-32) at left simultaneously conducts an underway replenishment of general stores.
    Tyrrhenian Sea, 8 January 1965. U.S. Navy photo from All Hands magazine, July 1965.
    (Thanks to Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal Association Historian, who found out where and when the photo had been taken.)
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Altair 48k USS Altair (AKS-32) underway during 1966; from the appearance of her decks and helicopter landing pad, aft, she is ready to commence an underway replenishment. Her "Victory Ship" lines are readily apparent in this aerial oblique view.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 96650
    Robert Hurst
    Altair 130k USS Altair (AKS-32) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    Additional Ships Patches
    Altair
    Contributed by C Wood Halsey & Charles Brecheisen
    Altair
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Altair (AK-257 / AKS-32)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Largess, George J.31 January 1952 - ?
    06CAPT. Colbert, Richard Gary :ADM4 June 1960 - 21 August 1961
    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
    USS Altair AKS-32
    USS Altair AKS-32 Blog
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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