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USS Briareus (AR-12)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Whiskey - Papa
NUWP
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. W. J. O’Brien 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.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,975 t.(lt( 14,900 t.(lim)
    Length 490' 6"
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 6"
    Speed 18 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 67
    Enlisted 854
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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
    19-N-55823, RG-19-LCM
    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
    19-N-55822, RG-19-LCM
    117k
    Briareus 53k USS Briareus (AR-12) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Briareus 71k USS Briareus (AR-12) at anchor, 17 February 1944, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Briareus 60k USS Briareus (AR-12) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Briareus (AR-12)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Warris, John F.15 November 1943 - 1944
    02CDR. Corbin, Clifford Thomas1944 - 1945
    03CDR. Wilkes, Charles1945
     Decommissioned 15 October 1946 - 22 September 1951
    04CAPT. O'Brian, William John22 September 1951 - 22 November 1952
    05CAPT. Wyatt, Joe E.22 November 1952 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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