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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
US Army FS-283 (1944 - 1951)
Almaack (AKL-39) was loaned to the Republic of Korea
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
Laid down, as FS-283 in 1944, for the US Army at Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering Corp., Kewaunee, WI.
Commissioned into the US Army Transportation Service as US Army FS-283, 2 January 1945, at New York, with a Coast Guard crew. LTjg. G A. H. Coane, USCGR, in command
FS-283 departed New York, 29 January 1945, for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war at Parang, Jacquinat Bay, etc.
Decommissioned, 25 September 1945
Acquired from the Army by the US Navy, 12 December 1951
Renamed Almaack (AKL-39), and loaned to the Republic of Korea the same day
Almaack never served as an active unit of the US Navy
Returned to US Naval custody in January 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, June 1969, to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd.
Displacement 550 t.
Speed 12 kts.
Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
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||View of bridge area of Ex-US Army FS-283 while under way, date and location unknown. Note the name Miss Philippi
attached to the stack and the cargo of oil drums secured to the deck. From this photo it appears that FS-283 may have been leased for commercial service
before being acquired by the US Navy in 1951.
Photo courtesy Randle M. Biddle Collection.
||US Army FS-283 circa 1951, location unknown. Note the name Miss Philippi.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 85686. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
US Coast Guard History
The Coast Guard-manned Army FS-283 was commissioned at New York, 2 January 1945, LTjg. G A. H. Coane, USCGR, in command
She departed New York, 29 January 1945, for the Southwest Pacific where she operated during the war at Parang, Jacquinat Bay, etc.
She was decommissioned 25 September 1945.
US Navy History
FS-283 was acquired from the Army on 12 December 1951 and renamed
Almaack (AKL-39). That same day, she was loaned to the Republic of
Korea. The ship served the Koreans until early in 1960 when she was
returned to the Navy. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1
February 1960, and she was sold to Hong Kong Rolling Mills, Ltd., in
June 1960 for scrapping.
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