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USS Hidalgo (AK-189)

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

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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2120) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 28 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Hidalgo (AK-189), 4 August 1945, at Galveston, TX., LCDR. A. Olsen, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Stuck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • 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 MV Rize
    MV Rize with her sister ships MV Malatya [ex-USS Bullock (AK-165)], MV Kars [ex-USS Antrim (AK-159]. and MV Kastamonu [ex-USS Criaghead (AK-175) provided regular service between Turkey and Northern Europe for approximately 15 years
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in August 1982 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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    Hidalgo 244k Ex-USS Hidalgo (AK-189) as the Turkish cargo vessel MV Rize in Turkish waters, date and location. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Hidalgo 86k MV Rize underway, circa 1960, during the time this ship and three sisterships were still employed in the Northern Europe - Turkey trade. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Hidalgo (AK-189)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Olsen, Aage. USNR4 August 1945 - 16 October 1945
    02LT. Thompson, John Wilbur, USN16 October 1945 - 5 March 1946
    03LT. Kraus, Albert Lawson, USNR5 March 1946 - 26 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Hidalgo (AK-189) War Diary August to November 1945
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