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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

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USS Antares (AKS-33)
USS Antares (AK-258) (1952 - 1959)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon)

Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship / Antares Class General Stores Issue Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 April 1944, as SS Nampa Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 107), at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 19 May 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 10 June 1944, for operation by International Freighting Co. under a contract with the War Shipping Administration
  • Operated under a General Agency Agreement by Pacific Atlantic SS Co., 28 November 1945 to 31 October 1946
  • Operated under a General Agency Agreement by Waterman SS Corp., 31 October 1946 to 13 November 1946
  • Operated under a General Agency Agreement by A.L. Burbank & Co., 13 November 1946 to 6 December 1947
  • Laid up, 18 January 1948 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wimington, N.C.
  • Leased by US Lines, 21 September 1950
  • Laid up, 28 November 1950 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Withdrawn from reserve and acquired by the US Navy, 23 July 1951
  • Converted for naval service at Maryland Drydocks Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Renamed Antares, 26 July 1951
  • Commissioned USS Antares (AK-258) at Baltimore, 12 February 1952, CDR. Grant 0. Hansen in command
  • Title transferred to US Navy, 31 May 1956
  • Redesignated Stores Issue Ship (AKS-33), 1 April 1959
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1964, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up, 30 March 1965 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 September 1965
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1965
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 April 1974, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., for $225,433, delivered to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp, 31 May 1974
    Displacement 4,960 t.
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 250
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one steam turbine
    two boilers
    single shaft, 8,500shp

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    USS Antares (AK-258)
    Antares 73k USS Antares (AK-258) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 102k USS Antares (AK-258) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    314k USS Antares (AK-258) unloads food and medical supplies at Belize, British Honduras, 5 October 1955. The food and medical supplies are destained to be dropped by parachute into isolated areas of Mexico in the wake of Hurricane Janet. Janet has left hundreds dead, thousands injured and large areas along the east coast of Mexico flooded. David Wright
    237k USS Antares (AK-258) conducting and underway replinishment with USS Randolph (CVA-15) (not shown), circa 1950s, location unknown.
    Donald Tenney USS Randolph CVA-15 Photo #60
    Bob Canchola
    USS Antares (AKS-33)
    Antares 37k USS Antares (AKS-33), with a Sikorsky HUS-1 "Seahorse" helicopter hovering over her stern, as seen from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), 7 March 1963. USS Dahlgren (DLG-12) appears in the background.
    US Navy photo # USN 1074683 by PH3 Edwin L. Hawkins, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 122k USS Antares (AKS-33) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine October 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Antares 54k USS Antares (AKS-33) entering Valletta harbor, Malta, in 1962.
    Photo from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships", courtesy of A. & J. Pavia.
    Photo - Richard MIller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Caption - Robert Hurst
    Antares 61k USS Antares (AKS-33) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard MIller BMCS USNR Ret.
    100k USS Antares (AKS-33) moored pierside at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., circa 1960s. The ship in the foreground appears a Gearing class destroyer undergoing FRAM conversion Tom Gonzalez
    Antares 80k USS Antares (AKS-33) plaque. Tommy Trampp

    USS Antares (AK-258 / AKS-33)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hansen, Grant O.12 February 1952 - ?AK-258
    03CDR. Bellinger Jr., William Cotesworth Pinchney, USN (USNA 1933)March 1954 - June 1956AK-258
    05CAPT. Bellinger Jr., William Cotesworth Pinchney, USN (USNA 1933)March 1959 - 22 March 1960AK-258 / AKS-33
    06CAPT. Zimmerman, Milton Abraham USN22 March 1960 - 10 November 1960AK-258 / AKS-33
    07CAPT. Savage, Arthur Mix, USN10 November 1960 - ?AKS-33
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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