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USS Sirona (AKA-43)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Oscar - Romeo
NTOR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 February 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1904), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
  • Launched, 17 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Sirona (AKA-43), 10 May 1945
  • During her brief career USS Sirona served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters transporting troops from one to the other
  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Sirona came under the command of
    TransRon Twenty-four, COMO. E. L. Short;
    TransDiv Seventy-one, CAPT. W. P. Davis USN (17)
  • Following World War II USS Sirona was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 28 September 194529 September to 2 December 1945

  • Decommissioned, 12 June 1946, at Boston MA. and simultaneously returned to the Maritime Commission for service as the training ship TS Yankee States at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (shared with the Maine Maritime Academy)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
  • Laid up, 29 July 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 May 1966, to Boston Metals Corp, Baltimore MD.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,087 t.(lt) 7,080 t(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' (lim)
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo capacity 980 DWT
    non-refrigerated 110,000 Cu. ft.
    Boats
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVPs
    two LCMs
    Troop Capacity 264
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,540 Bbls
    Diesel 365 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric engines
    two Wickes boilers, 450psi 750°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 6,000shp.

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    Sirona 73k USS Sirona (AKA-43) underway, probably during her builders trials off Providence, R.I., circa June 1945.
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    Joe Radigan, MACM USN Ret.

    USS Sirona (AKA-43)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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