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USS Briareus (AR-12)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Whiskey - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Delta Class Repair Ship:
  • Laid down, circa 1941, as SS Hawaiian Planter, a Maritime Commission type (C3 hull), under a Maritime Commission contract at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched in 1941
  • Delivered, 15 May 1941, to the Matson Line
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 16 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS Briareus (AR-12), 15 November 1943, CDR. John F. Warris USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 October 1946
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Recommissioned, 22 September 1951, at Norfolk, VA., CAPT. William J. O’Brien USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 9 September 1955, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Group
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 7 June 1972, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1977
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 November 1980, to Jacobson Metal Co., Chesapeake, VA.
    Displacement 8,975 t.(lt( 14,900 t.(lim)
    Length 490' 6"
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 18 kts (trial)
    Officers 67
    Enlisted 854
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 15,760 Bbls
    one Newport News steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers 450psi 750°
    double Newport News Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    five Diesel-drive 60Kw 350V A.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Briareus In Greek mythology, one of three Hecatoncheires (Hundred-Handed Ones) monstrous giants, of enormous size and strength, with fifty heads and one hundred arms.
    The Hecatonchire Briareus used as an allegory of the multiple threat of labour unrest to Capital in a political cartoon, 1890.
    Source - The Guttenburg Ebook Project.
    Tommy Trampp
    106k USS Briareus (AR-12) underway near New York Navy Yard, 16 November 1943, a day after commissioning. Note, Briareus had a pair of kingposts with booms that replaced the rotating crane found on some other Repair Ships.
    US National Archives photos # 19-N-55823, RG-19-LCM and 19-N-55822, RG-19-LCM, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Briareus 53k USS Briareus (AR-12) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    NA 80-G-369704
    122k USS Briareus (AR-12) moored in mid-February 1944 at Pearl Harbor.
    US National Archives photo #'s 80-G-369704, 80-G-369693 and 80-G-369718, US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine.
    NA 80-G-369693
    NA 80-G-369718
    71k USS Briareus (AR-12) at anchor, in 1944, Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Robert Hurst
    285k USS Briareus (AR-12) moored at Espiritu, 20 or 21 July 1944, with USS George (DE-697) alongside while undergoing a seven-day tender availability. LCIs outboard of George are from right to left; USS LCI(L)-683
    USS LCI(L)-980
    USS LCI(L)-981
    USS LCI(L)-607
    Briareus had a long tour of duty at Espiritu from 11 Mar to 26 Sept 1944.
    Photo from the USS Lunga Point (CVE-94) cruise book.
    John Chiquoine
    Briareus 60k USS Briareus (AR-12) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Taconic 192k USS Taconic (AGC-17) and USS Briareus (AR-12) at anchor, 4 June 1946, probably at Norfolk, VA. Brian Miller
    Briareus 189k Aerial view of USS Briareus (AR-12) underway, circa early-1950s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Briareus 195k USS Briareus (AR-12) laid up in reserve in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk, VA., 23 June 1966. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine

    USS Briareus (AR-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Warris, John Ford, USN15 November 1943 - 26 September 1944
    02CDR. Corbin, Clifford Thomas, USN (USNA 1926)26 September 1944 - 11 August 1945
    03CDR. Wilkes, Charles, USN (USNA 1920)11 August 1945 -
     Decommissioned 15 October 1946 - 22 September 1951
    04CAPT. O'Brien, William John, USN (USNA 1935)22 September 1951 - 22 November 1952
    05CAPT. Wyatt, Joe Earle, USN (USNA 1928)22 November 1952 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Ship's Newspaper - 11 April 1952 (No Name)
    Ship's Newspaper - 18 April 1952 (The Busy Bee)
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