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USS Aroostook (AOG-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Golf - India
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa- Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

USS Aroostook (AOG-14) was transferred under the Lend-Lease program to France, renamed RFS Lac Pavin (A628)
Aroostook Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the tank barge MV Esso Delivery No.11, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 8 December 1937
  • Delivered to the Standard Oil Co., of New Jersey, 8 February 1938
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 April 1943, LT. Alfred O. Johansen, USNR, in command
  • Converted for Naval service at the Key Highway plant of Bethlehem Steel Corp., Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Aroostook (AOG-14), 18 April 1943, at Baltimore, LT. Alfred S. O. Johansen in Command
  • During World War II USS Aroostook was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 January 1945 at Bizerte, Algeria and transferred to France under terms of the lend-lease program, renamed RFS Lac Pavin (A628)
  • Struck from the Naval Register and sold outright to France, 21 March 1949
  • Disarmed, 2 May 1953, redesignated Q118
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1953
    Displacement 1,707 t.
    Length 260' 6"
    Beam 43' 6"
    Draft 15' 11"
    Speed 10.5kts
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four 20mm guns
    single propeller

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    Merchant Service
    USA Standard Oil of New Jersey

    Aroostook 78k Overhead view of MV Esso Delivery No. 11 underway circa the late 1930s or early 1940s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85467, courtesy
    Mike Green
    USS Aroostook (AOG-14)
    94k USS Aroostook (AOG-14) underway in either the Chesapeake Bay or Hampton Roads in late April 1943 just after conversion and just before departing for the Mediterranean.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo #'s 19-N-44403, 19-N-44405 and 19-N-44404, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Aroostook (AOG-14)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Johansen, Alfred Oscar, USNR18 April 1943 - 16 September 1943
    02LT. Hays, William Robert, USNR16 September 1943 - 1 March 1944
    03LCDR. Ringles, Walter, USNR1 March 1944 - 1 August 1944
    04LT. Peden, John Henry, USN1 August 1944 - 18 January 1945
    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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