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USS Tombigbee (AOG-11)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Echo - Yankee
NCEY
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) transferred to Greece, renamed HRNS Ariadni (A-414)
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 23 October 1942, at Cargill Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 18 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS Tombigbee (AOG-11), 13 July 1944, LCDR. Andrew O. Askland, USNR, in command
  • During WWII USS Tombigbee was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 25 February to 9 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Tombigbee was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 30 March 194612 to 16 August 1947
    24 July to 10 August 194717 October to 1 August 1948
    20 August to 14 October 194713 to 25 January 1949
    17 October to 1 August 194811 to 30 April 1949
    8 to 11 January 194910 t o15 May 1949
    27 January to 7 April 1949 
    4 to 7 May 1949 
    19 May to 13 July 1949 

  • Decommissioned, 12 December 1949
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 28 July 1950
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tombigbee participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    1 April to 7 June 1966
    Tet69/Counteroffensive
    8 March to 7 April 1969
    29 April to 19 May 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    10 July to 29 August 1966
    1 September 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    7 to 17 February 1970
    11 to 13 and 22 to 27 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    3 to 13 October 1967
    28 to 31 December 1967
    19 to 27 January 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    25 May to 7 June 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    23 February to 21 March 1968
    Consolidation I
    16 to 26 August 1971
    27 September to 13 October 1971
    29 October to 8 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    21 November 1968 to 19 February 1969
     

  • Decommissioned, 7 July 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1978
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Sold through the Security Assistance Program to Greece, 1 July 1978, renamed HRNS Ariadni (A-414)
  • Final Disposition, to be withdrawn from Greek naval service in 2003, fate unknown
  • USS Tombigbee earned two battle stars for World War II service and nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14kts.
    Complement
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 126
    Largest Boom Capacity 2 t.
    Armament
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,040 DWT
    Oil 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 BBls
    Propulsion
    four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 3,300shp

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    USS Tombigbee (AOG-11)
    Tombigbee 84k USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) underway, date and location unknown. She is painted camouflage scheme 32/3D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Tombigbee 129k USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) underway, date and location unknown. She is painted camouflage scheme 32/3D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Tombigbee 99k USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) underway while fully loaded in early 1962, location unknown. Haskel McCauley USS Tombigbee
    Tombigbee 131k USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) offloading a cargo of JP-4 in McMurdo Sound Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze in January 1963. CAPT. McSweeny was Commanding Officer of Tombigbee 1962 to 1964, before resigning his commission to attend law school. Robert H. McSweeny CAPT. JAGC, USNR, Ret.
    Tombigbee 142k Bow view of USS Tombigbee (AOG-11), 8 June 1967, while operating off the coast of Oahu, HI.
    Fleet Air Photo Lab. NAS Barbers Point, HI. photo # USN-VC-1-33378-6-67 by PH2 A. C. Unger.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tombigbee 87k USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) departing Pearl Harbor, HI, October 1968 ©Richard Leonhardt
    HRNS Ariadni (A-414)
    Tombigbee 31k Ex-USS Tombigbee (AOG-11) in Hellenic naval service as HRNS Ariadni (A-414) in an Unrep with ex-Semmes (DDG-18) HRNS Kimon of the Greek Navy, August 2001. Photo by Theodore L. Valmas, Correspondent, Jane's International Defense Review Paul Gryniewicz
    Tombigbee 41k HRNS Ariadni (A-414) in an Unrep with ex-USS Semmes (DDG-18) HRNS Kimon of the Greek Navy, August 2001. Photo by Theodore L. Valmas, Correspondent, Jane's International Defense Review Paul Gryniewicz
    Tombigbee 68k

    USS Tombigbee (AOG-11)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Askland, Andrew Otto USNR13 July 1944 - 1 December 1945
     Decommissioned12 December 1949 - 28 July 1950
    02LCDR. Haskins, John Bryantno dates
    03LCDR. Dalton, Richard Velez USNJuly 1960 - 1962
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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