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USS Allagash (AO-97)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Zulu
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Club Flush (X)ray - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 26 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2559) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 14 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Allagash (AO-97), 21 August 1945, LCDR. Howard C. Plummer, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1970, at Boston, MA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 13 November 1971, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 March 1976, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp.
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts. (trial)
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 282
    Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    NSFO 123,700Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    two Bethlehem geared turbines
    four Foster and 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.
    twin propellers, 13,500shp

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    Allagash 31k USS Allagash (AO-97) at anchor, date and location unknown Tommy Trampp
    Allagash 110k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown Robert Hurst
    Allagash 98k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way in the Mediterranean Sea with USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) coming alongside, 19 May 1953 Photo by Larry Bohn
    Allagash 136k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Albany (CA-123) and USS Leyte (CV-32), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Carey
    Allagash 162k USS Allagash (AO-97) in port Barcelona, Spain, probably July 1956.
    Photo photo-blog FOTOdeMAR, Photo # 16035F, courtesy Museu Marítim de Barcelona
    Fabio Peña
    Allagash 86k USS Allagash (AO-97) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1957-59 Photo by Leslie Levins SM2 USS Lester
    Allagash 1142k USS Allagash (AO-97), center, refuels, USS Essex (CVA-9) and USS Fiske (DDR-842) during training exercises at sea. Awaiting their turn to take on fuel are two sister ships of Fiske which will move alongside the Allagash when the others complete their refueling process, 27 August 1958.
    US Navy photo # 330-PS-9118.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Allagash 103k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Donald J Holland SKC, USN Retired
    USS Allagash September 1961to February 1963
    Allagash 68k USS Allagash (AO-97) at East Boston in August 1961. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 48k USS Allagash (AO-97) steams ready to provide fuel oil to the approaching USS Shangri La (CVA-38) (background), 26 April 1962
    US Navy Photo # USN 1061093 by PH1 H. Lynn.
    Robert Hurst
    Allagash 113k USS Allagash (AO-97) at South Boston Naval Annex in September 1962. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 93k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Brownson (DD-868) off Newport, R.I. in 1962.
    Photo by Marvin Dockery, USN from the USS Brownson Association Gallery
    Robert Hurst
    Allagash 97k USS Allagash (AO-97) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Allagash 78k USS Allagash (AO-97) in the Mediterranean Sea, during an underway replenishment of USS Chilton (APA-38), circa 1966-67. Warren Polenesky USS San Marcos
    Allagash 430k USS Allagash (AO-97) anchored off Villefranche, France, 1 January 1968. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Allagash 80k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Koelsch (DE-1049) , during Operation Squeezeplay V, 14 June 1970. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 88k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS McCloy (DE-1038) during Operation Squeezeplay V, 14 June 1970. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 52k USS Allagash (AO-97) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Allagash 71k USS Allagash (AO-97) Officers Motor Boat tying up at a small boat landing, date and location unknown. Bob Hall USS Tidewater courtesy Al Murray USS Tidewater
    Allagash 37k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Allagash 55k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Allagash 60k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Allagash 68k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Allagash, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Commanding Officers

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

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