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USS Arayat (IX-134)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
  • Laid down as the tanker SS War Patriot in 1918 at Fairfield Co., Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland
  • Delivered in 1919 to Tanker.Shipping Controller, Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co.
  • Ango-Saxon Petroleum Co. renamed SS War Patriot
  • Renamed SS Adna in 1921
  • Sold in 1927 to Hansen-Tangens Raderi, Christiansand, Norway, reflagged Norwegian
  • Resold in 1937 to Polena Soc.di Nav, Genoa, renamed SS Dentice, reflagged Italian
  • Seized by the government of Venezuela in 1940. renamed SS Faireno, reflagged Venezuelan
  • Acquired by the War Shipping Administration, Panama in 1943, managed by Cities Service Oil Co;
  • Acquired by the US Navy 13 April 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Arayat (IX-134), 18 April 1944, at Brisbane, Australia, LT. M. Himelfarb in command
  • During World War II USS Arayat (IX-134) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 15 February 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration the same day for disposal
  • Returned to Italian Government per Executive Order 9935 signed by President Truman, 16 March 1948
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in Savona, Italy in 1954
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,275 t.(fl)
    Length 431' 1"
    Beam 52'
    Draft 25' 8"
    Speed 9.7 kts
    Complement
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 100
    Cargo Capacity Oil 47,000 Bbls
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity 5,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    three single-ended cylindrical Scotch boilers, 170psi, Sat.
    two turbo-drive 35Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Arayat 102k SS Faireno undergoing modifications at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., 13 July 1943. This British-built ship was transferred from British to Italian registry in 1937, taken over by the Venezuelan Government in 1942, and then transferred to the U.S. War Shipping Administration.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo Nos. Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Arayat 93k
    Arayat 58k USS Arayat (IX-134) moored pierside, prior to commissioning.
    Photo by Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Arayat 133k US Arayat (IX-134) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Arayat 69k USS Arayat (IX-134) moored pierside, probably at Milne Bay or Hollandia, New Guinea, circa May 1944 to October 1945.
    Photo by Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Arayat 78k USS Arayat (IX-134) looking forward toward the fo'c'sle. A good view of the bow mounted 5"/38 gun mount and the two forward 20mm gun mounts, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Arayat 63k USS Arayat (IX-134) moored pierside at Mobile, AL., circa late January - early February 1946, prior to decommissioning.
    Photo by Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Arayat 67k USS Arayat (IX-134) moored pierside at Mobile, AL., circa late January - early February 1946, prior to decommissioning.
    Photo by Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat
    Arayat 80k USS Arayat (IX-134) Harold R. Clary and Rhea Demming on liberty at Mobile, AL., late January - early February 1946. Maj Rich Clary USAF for his father Harold R. Clary USS Arayat and Rhea Demming USS Arayat

    USS Arayat (IX-134)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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