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USS Elokomin (AO-55)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Juliet - Foxtrot
NZJF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)


Cimmeron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 9 March 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 721) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 19 October 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 30 November 1943 and commissioned USS Elokomin (AO-55), CDR. Joseph A. Ivaldi, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, circa 1970
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 2 November 1970, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 November 1970, to Mr. Isaac Varela, Desguaces Varela, Grao, Castellon del la Plana, Spain
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 73'
    Draft 32' 4"
    Speed 18 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 20
    Enlisted 291
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 16,350 DWT
    Oil 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline 780,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Bethlehem Ship Building geared turbines
    four Foster Wheeler "K"-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    two propellers, 13,500shp

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    Elokomin 78k USS Elokomin (AO-55) refueling USS Power (DD-839) in the Mediterranean Sea, 7 August 1967 © Richard Leonhardt
    Elokomin 120k USS Elokomin (AO-55), date and location unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    Elokomin 90k USS Elokomin (AO-55), date and location unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    Elokomin 67k USS Elokomin (AO-55), date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Elokomin 17k Photo taken from USS Davis (DD 937), after refueling from USS Elokomin (AO-55) off San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1968 Photo by Jim Hocking, BM3 USS Davis (DD 937), 1968-69
    Elokomin 23k US Elokomin (AO-55) in dry dock at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Baltimore, MD. while undergoing overhaul circa 1962-63.
    US Navy photo
    Photo - Edward H. Cleary
    Caption Thomas O'Hara
    Elokomin 40k USS Elokomin (AO-55) refueling USS Steinaker (DD-863), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Edward H. Cleary
    Elokomin 31k USS Elokomin (AO-55) date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Edward H. Cleary
    Elokomin 96k USS Elokomin (AO-55) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, circa mid-1960s. Barry Smith
    Elokomin 107k USS Elokomin (AO-55) underway, circa 1964, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hand" magazine, May 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Elokomin 136k A USS Little Rock (CLG-4) crew member snaps a photo of USS Elokomin (AO-55) as the two ships sail side by side during underway refueling in the Mediterranean Sea, 1 November 1969.
    US Navy photo # K--79305 by D.G. Keske, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Elokomin, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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