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USS Whippet (IX-129)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - Mike
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 Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
Laid down, 31 October 1943, as SS Eugene W. Hilgard a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1933) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 15 December 1943
Delivered to the US Navy, at New Orleans, LA., 13 January 1944
Commissioned USS Whippet (IX-129), 14 January 1944, LCDR. R. Parmenter in command
During World War II USS Whippet was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned 1 July 1946
Returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Whippet earned two battle stars for World War II service
Sold, 27 April 1951, to Hilgard Tanker Corp., name retained
Resold in July 1954 to a Liberian Shipping Co.
Resold in 1955 to Theodpilos J. Vatis, Greece
Converted to a dry cargo ship at Savannah, GA. in 1955, renamed SS Loida Liberian flag retained
Vessel lengthened at Kobe, Japan in 1965
Sold in 1971, renamed SS Nervion
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 15,425 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 11 kts.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
two 220 PSI boilers
one three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, Shaft Horsepower, 2,500
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|United States Maritime Commission
||United States Maritime Commission Tanker Design Z-ET-1-S-C3.
US National Archives photo thanks to Auke Visser's Famous T-Tanker Pages
|USS Whippet (IX-129)
Whippet - is a dog breed of medium size. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from Greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller Greyhound.
||Ex-USNS Whippet (IX-129) in Greek owned, Liberian flagged merchant service as SS Loida loading/unloading lumber to/from a barge, date
and location unknown.
||Ex-USNS Whippet (IX-129) sold and renamed SS Nervion in 1971, possible at a shipbreakers yard at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
USS Whippet (IX-129)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 16 July 2021
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