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Alhena (AKL-38)
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US Army FS-257 (1945 - 1951)


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 in 1945
  • 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.
    Specifications:
    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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    Alhena 179k Alhena (AKL-38) while in Korean Naval service, moored, circa 1951, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84180
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    Alhena (AKL-38)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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