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USS Craighead (AK-175)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Juliet - Echo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
  • Launched, 28 February 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 31 July 1945
  • Commissioned USS Craighead (AK-175), 5 September 1945, LCDR. George M. Walker, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 18 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA., and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day, for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1947 to the Republic of Turkey for $693,862.00, passed to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed SS Kastamonu
    SS Kastamonu with her sister ships SS Malatya [ex-USS Bullock (AK-165)], SS Kars [ex-USS Antrim (AK-159]. and SS Rize [ex-USS Hidalgo (AK-189) provided regular service between Turkey and Northern Europe for approximately 15 years.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in January 1984 at Aliaga, Turkey
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Craighead 236k Ex-USS Craighead (AK-175) as the Turkish cargo vessel MV Kastamonu in Turkish waters, date and location. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Craighead (AK-175)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Walker, George M., USCG5 September 1945 - 18 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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