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USS Acubens (AKS-5)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - November - Zulu
NBNZ
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
  • 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, 14 October 1964, at Suisun Bay, to Schnitzer Steel Co., scrapped at Portland, OR.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 176
    Cargo Capacities 5,900DWT
    Non-refrigerated 220,166 Cu ft
    Refrigerated 21,800 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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) underway 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
    Acubens 100k USS Acubens (AKS-5) underway 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.
    Mike Green
    Acubens 119k USS Acubens (AKS-5) underway. probably at Port Moresby, or Hollandia, New Guinea, circa December 1944-January 1945. Randell Summerville

    USS Acubens (AKS-5)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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