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USS Cybele (AKS-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Whiskey - November
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Acubens Class General Stores Issue Ship:
  • Laid down, 29 August 1944, as SS William Hackett, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2820) at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 9 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 14 November 1944
  • Completed as a General Stores Issue Ship at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Commissioned USS Cybele (AKS-10), 16 April 1945, CDR. John H. Church, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cybele was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Cybele was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 16 April 19462 September 1945 to 16 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 22 August 1946, at Pearl Harbor
  • All ships of the Acubens class were meant to be used as Bikini Assets, in 'C' test and were kept at Pearl Harbor until a decision was made in 1947 to transfer custody of these ships to the Maritime Commission
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, at San Francisco for disposal, 24 April 1947
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, name reverted to SS William Hackett
  • Name reverted to SS Cybele in October 1954
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in April 1965
    Displacement 5,240 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 176
    Cargo Capacities 5,900DWT
    Non-refrigerated 220,166 Cu ft
    Refrigerated 21,800 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 13,475 Bbls
    Diesel 695 Bbls
    one Iron Fireman vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Cybele 64k USS Cybele (AKS-10) at anchor, circa 1945-46.
    US Navy photo #: NH 83308 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Cybele (AKS-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Church Jr., John Howard, USNR16 April 1945 - 18 February 1946
    02CDR. Luther, Roger Williams, USNR18 February 1946 - 22 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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