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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.
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
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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||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
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US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo #19-N-71993
||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 Shipscribe.com.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo #19-N-71994
||USS Acubens (AKS-5) under way, probably at Port Moresby, or Hollandia, New Guinea, circa December 1944-January 1945.
||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.
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USS Acubens (AKS-5)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 13 April 2018
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