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FS-257 / AKL-38 Alhena

Alhena (AKL-38) never saw active US Navy service, transferred to South Korea
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 for the US Army at Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering Corp., Kewaunee, WI.
  • Delivered to the US Army as Coastal Freighter FS-257, (date unknown)
  • Acquired from by the US Navy, 12 December 1951
  • Named Alhena (AKL-38), and loaned to the Republic of Korea that same day
  • Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in June 1960 to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd.
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 42
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
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