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USS Cebu (ARG-6)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Zulu - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Service Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Luzon Class Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship:
Laid down, 21 September 1943, as SS Francis P. Duffey a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1805) at Bethlehem Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Assigned to the Navy and renamed Cebu
Launched, 18 October 1943
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and converted to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship at Maryland Drydock Co, Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned USS Cebu (ARG-6), 15 April 1944, CAPT. George W. Stott in command
During World War II USS Cebu was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Assaults on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
USS Cebu (ARG-6) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 30 September 1947, at Stockton, CA.
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
Permanent transfer to the Maritime Administration, 9 January 1962, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted
to SS Francis P. Duffey
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1962
USS Cebu earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 18 October 1973 to Zidell Explorations Inc. for scrapping, (PD-X-964 of 5 September 1973) for $151,899.99. Withdrawn for the Reserve Fleet an
delivered to Zidell Explorations, Inc., 14 November 1973
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(trial)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 23' (lim)
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one 3"/50 gun mount
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
Ship's Service Generators
three 350Kw 450V A.C.
two 60Kw 120V D.C.
Fuel Oil Capacity 19,540Bbls
one General Machine Corp. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers 220psi 450°
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Cebu (ARG-6) in Chesapeake Bay off the Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Yard, Baltimore, Md., 18 April 1944 one day after completing her conversion to an Internal Combustion Engine Repair Ship. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 31, Design 6Ax.
US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-65151 and 19-N-65152 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives Record Group 19-LCM.
||USS Cebu (ARG-6) at anchor off Oahu, TH, 31 March 1946, prior to leaving for "Operation Crossroads" at Bikini Atoll. Notice that Cebu has dressed ship for this occasion.
US Navy photo
|Received from both Charles Huntington and Gordon Pate, Jr. Mr. Pate's father Gordon R. Pate, SK3 USS Cebu
||USS Cebu (ARG-6) officers group photo, date and location unknown.
||USS Cebu (ARG-6) Medical Department, date and location unknown.
||USS Cebu (ARG-6) First Division, date and location unknown.
||USS Cebu (ARG-6) Second Division, date and location unknown.
|Maritime Administration Reserve Fleet
||SS Francis P. Duffey [ex-USS Cebu (ARG-6)] laid up in reserve at Suisun Bay, CA., 27 July 1972.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #: NH 83859. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
||SS Francis P. Duffey laid up in reserve at Suisun Bay, CA., date unknown.
USS Cebu (ARG-6)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CAPT. Stott, George Winfield||15 April 1944 - 20 September 1945|
|02||CDR. Candler Jr., Daniel Beville, USN (22)||20 September 1945 - 21 March 1946|
|03||LT. Karl, Donald Joseph, USN||21 March 1946 - 1 May 1947|
|04||LT. Parker, Walter Joseph, USN||1 May 1947 - 30 September 1947|
|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
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Last Updated 19 August 2016
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