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USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3)
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USS Aeolus (ARC-3) (1955 - 1973)
USS Turandot (AKA-47) (1945 - 1955)

Aeolus International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Victor - Whiskey
NOVW
Turandot International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Romeo
NTUR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 March 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1908), at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence, R.I.
  • Launched, 20 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Turandot (AKA-47), 18 June 1945, LCDR. Francklyn W. C. Zwicker USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Turandot was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 4 November 1954, for conversion to a Cable Repair/Laying Ship
  • Converted, renamed and recommissioned USS Aeolus (ARC-3), 14 March 1955, CDR. Merrill M. Sanford in command
  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1973 and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3)
  • Placed out of service, May 1985
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 February 1985
  • Transferred by the Maritime Administration to the state of North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries in August 1986
  • Sunk as part of artificial reef (AR-305) 29 July 1988 in 110 feet of water, approximately 22 miles from the Beaufort inlet
    AKA 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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    USS Aeolus (ARC-3)
    Aeolus 805k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) commissioning crew (plankowners) 14 March 1955 Michael Jarvis, Secretary/Treasurer
    USS Aeolus Association
    Aeolus 122k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Aeolus 118k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine December 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Aeolus 51k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown. Michael Jarvis, Secretary/Treasurer
    USS Aeolus Association
    Aeolus 61k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Aeolus 59k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown. Michael Jarvis, Secretary/Treasurer
    USS Aeolus Association
    Aeolus 30k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and place unknown. Michael Jarvis, Secretary/Treasurer
    USS Aeolus Association
    Aeolus 583k Broadside view of USS Aeolus (ARC-3) in the Mare Island channel, 12 February 1957.
    File name: ARC 3 33052-2-57, Navy Photo, 2/12/57.
    Darryl Baker
    Aeolus 176k Port quarter aft view of USS Aeolus (ARC-3) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 12 February 1957.
    File name: ARC 3 33053-2-57, Navy Photo, 2/12/57.
    Darryl Baker
    Aeolus 107k Photo of one of the USS Aeolus (ARC-3) Engineering Department Divisions, date and location unknown. Michael Jarvis, Secretary/Treasurer
    USS Aeolus Association
    Aeolus 60k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1960.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Aeolus 318k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) underway in Boston Harbor, 31 May 1961. Homeported in Portsmouth, N.H. Aeolus's assigned shipyard was Boston Naval Shipyard.
    Boston Naval Shipyard photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-16201
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
    Aeolus 1824k USS Aeolus (ARC-3) berthed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 10 April 1970.
    File name: File name: ARC 3 97625-4-70, Navy Photo, 4/10/70.
    Darryl Baker
    USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3)
    Aeolus 13k USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3) underway, date and location unknown. Ramon Jackson
    Aeolus 102k USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3) operating off Norfolk, VA., 4 April 1974. Note the additional structure above the cable sheaves and the large buoys on either side forward. The foremast has been replaced by a mast over the bridge.
    Defense Imagery Collection photo # DN-SN-89-00612, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Imagery Collection.
    Robert Hurst
    Aeolus 221k USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3) moored pierside, Barry New South Wales, Australia, August 1977. Photos from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Aeolus 190k

    USS Turandot (AKA-47) / USS Aeolus (ARC-3) / USNS Aeolus (T-ARC-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Zwicker, Francklyn William C. USNR18 June 1945 - 21 December 1945 AKA-47
    02CDR. Greer Jr., Harry Holt12 December 1945 - 21 March 1946 AKA-47
     Decommissioned21 March 1946 - 13 March 1955  
    03CDR. Sanford, Merrill Merritt14 March 1955 - 19 September 1956 ARC-3
    04CDR. Wier Jr., John Paul19 September 1956 - 8 August 1958ARC-3
    05CDR. Whiteaker, James Glenn8 August 1958 - 9 September 1959ARC-3
    06CDR. Fielden, Robert William9 September 1959 - 15 March 1961ARC-3
    07CDR. Johnson, Waldo Porter15 March 1961 - 24 August 1962ARC-3
    08CDR. Hoskins, Leonard P.24 August 1962 - 14 April 1964ARC-3
    09CDR. Ruebsaman, Darrel Dean14 April 1964 - 30 October 1965ARC-3
    10CDR. Wellsman, Howard Clyde30 October 1965 - 1 September 1967ARC-3
    11CDR. Dixson, William J.1 September 1967 - 17 May 1969ARC-3
    12CDR. Thomas, David H.17 May 1969 - 4 December 1970ARC-3
    13CDR. Manduca, Theodore William4 December 1970 - 28 July 1972ARC-3
    14CDR. Maston III, Joseph Harold (Jay)28 July 1972 - 1 October 1973ARC-3
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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