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USS Shelikof (AVP-52)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Lima - Quebec
NCLQ
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 (3)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia/Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 20 September 1942, at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 31 January 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Shelikof (AVP-52), 17 April 1944, LCDR. Reuben E. Stanley in command
  • During World War II USS Shelikof was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 4 to 10 August 1944
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 25 July 1945
    Morotai Landings, 15 September 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
     

  • USS Shelikof was assigned to Occupation service in Asia and Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    Asia - 6 September to 25 October 1945
    Europe - 14 May to 27 July 1953

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1947, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 3 January 1952 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • Decommissioned in December 1954
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1960
  • Sold to Panagiotis Kokkinos, Pireaus, Greece, for conversion to merchant service as a passenger vessel, and renamed MV Myconos in 1964, MV Artemis in 1973, MV Artemis K in 1974, and MV Golden Princess in 1979
  • Final Disposition, sunk in a storm at Perama, Greece, while laid up in January 1981
  • USS Shelikof earned three battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,750 t.(fl) 2,800 t.(lim)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.2 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 201
    Embarked Squadrons Accommodations
    Officers 50
    Enlisted 93
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955 Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse Diesel 32D81/8
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp
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    USS Shelikof (AVP-52)
    Shelikof 97k Shelikof (AVP-52) being launched at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 31 January 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-57217 a US Navy photo form the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Shelikof 73k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) off Houghton, WA., 26 April 1944, about a week after commissioning. She was completed with three 5"/38 guns, including an open mount on her fantail. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32 Design 2Ax. Note that the starboard side of this scheme, shown here, differed greatly from the port side.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-68322 a US Navy photo form the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Shelikof 97k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) off Houghton, WA., 26 April 1944. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32 Design 2Ax. Note that the port side of this scheme, shown here, differed greatly from the starboard side.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-68323 a US Navy photo form the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Shelikof 88k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) off Houghton, WA., 26 April 1944, about a week after commissioning. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32 Design 2Ax.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-68324 a US Navy photo form the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Shelikof 104k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) underway, circa 1944-45, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Shelikof 56k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., in October 1952. She is moored outboard of USS Beale (DDE-471) and another converted Fletcher-class escort destroyer. She has lost one of her two 5"/38 guns forward but retains her open 5"/38 mount aft
    US Navy photo # NH 66888 form the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Shelikof 482k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) moored in the Grand Harbour at Valleta, Malta, circa 1953 James Martin USS Shelikof
    Shelikof 366k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, circa 1953 James Martin USS Shelikof
    Shelikof 489k USS Shelikof (AVP-52) underway, date and location unknown. David Buell
    Merchant Service
    Shelikof 388k Ex-USS Shelikof (AVP-52) rebuilt as the passenger ship MV Myconos underway, circa 1964, location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Shelikof (AVP-52)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Stanley, Reuben Elliott17 April 1944 - 9 December 1945
    02CDR. Nash, Alan Richardson9 August 1945 - December 1945
    03CDR. Hannegan, Edward Allen :RADMDecember 1945 - 1946
    04CAPT. Hunt Jr., William Andrew1951
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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