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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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USS Antares (AKS-33)
USS Antares (AK-258) (1952 - 1959)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon)
Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship / Antares Class General Stores Issue Ship:
Laid down, 6 April 1944, as SS Nampa Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 107), at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland, OR.
Launched, 19 May 1944
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 10 June 1944, for operation by International Freighting Co. under a contract with the War Shipping Administration
Operated under GAA agreement by Pacific Atlantic SS Co., 28 November 1945 to 31 October 1946
Operated under GAA agreement by Waterman SS Corp., 31 October 1946 to 13 November 1946
Operated under GAA Agreement by A.L. Burbank & Co., 13 November 1946 to 6 December 1947
Laid up, 18 January 1948 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wimington, N.C.
Leased by US Lines, 21 September 1950
Laid up, 28 November 1950 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Withdrawn from reserve and acquired by the US Navy, 23 July 1951
Converted for naval service at Maryland Drydocks Co., Baltimore, MD.
Renamed Antares, 26 July 1951
Commissioned USS Antares (AK-258) at Baltimore, 12 February 1952, CDR. Grant 0. Hansen in command
Title transferred to US Navy, 31 May 1956
Redesignated Stores Issue Ship (AKS-33), 1 April 1959
Decommissioned, 18 December 1964, at Norfolk, VA.
Laid up, 30 March 1965 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1965
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 April 1974, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., for $225,433, delivered to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp, 31 May 1974
Displacement 4,960 t.
Length 455' 3"
Draft 28' 6"
Speed 16.5 kts.
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
one steam turbine
single shaft, 8,500shp
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|USS Antares (AK-258)
||USS Antares (AK-258) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
||USS Antares (AK-258) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|USS Antares (AKS-33)
||USS Antares (AKS-33), with a Sikorsky HUS-1 "Seahorse" helicopter hovering over her stern, as seen from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), 7 March 1963. USS Dahlgren (DLG-12) appears in the background.
US Navy photo # USN 1074683 by PH3 Edwin L. Hawkins, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
||USS Antares (AKS-33) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine October 1962
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Antares (AKS-33) entering Valetta harbor, Malta, in 1962.
Photo from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships", courtesy of A. & J. Pavia.
|Photo - Richard MIller BMCS USNR Ret.
Caption - Robert Hurst
||USS Antares (AKS-33) plaque.
USS Antares (AK-258 / AKS-33)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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