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USS Acubens (AKS-5)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - November - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Jean Louis, 25 November 1943, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1935) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 8 January 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 February 1944
  • Completed as a General Stores Issue Ship at Todd-Johnson Dry Docks, Inc., New Orleans, LA.
  • Commissioned USS Acubens (AKS-5), 15 July 1944, CDR. Edward B. Ellis in command
  • During World War II USS Acubens was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 11 March 1946, at Pearl Harbor
  • All ships of the Acubens class were meant to be used as Bikini Assets, in 'C' test and were kept at Pearl Harbor until a decision was made in 1947 to transfer custody of these ships to the Maritime Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred, 20 June 1947, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 September 1964, to Schintzer Steel Products Co., Portland, OR. (PD-X-676 dated 31 August 1964), $150,250.00, in a three ship deal, delivered, 19 October 1964
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 176
    Cargo Capacities 5,900DWT
    Non-refrigerated 220,166 Cu ft
    Refrigerated 21,800 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 13,475 Bbls
    Diesel 695 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Acubens 48k USS Acubens (AKS-5) under way in Hampton Roads, 14 August 1944. Note the ship's Measure 32 pattern camouflage and her "Liberty Ship" lines.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-248504, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo #19-N-71993
    100k USS Acubens (AKS-5) under way off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 14 August 1944.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo #19-N-71993, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo #19-N-71994
    Acubens 119k USS Acubens (AKS-5) under way, probably at Port Moresby, or Hollandia, New Guinea, circa December 1944-January 1945. Randell Summerville
    Acubens 114k USS Acubens (AKS-5) anchored off San Francisco, CA. in San Francisco Bay, circa December 1945
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78143, courtesy Donald McPherson, Corte Madera, CA., 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Acubens (AKS-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 13 April 2018