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IX-522 (D) / IX-524 (F) / IX-535 (H)
AFDB-2 (1946 - 1990)
USS ABSD-2 (1944 - 1946)
(Sections, A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Golf - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

AFDB-1 Class Large Auxiliary (10-section, non-self-propelled) Floating Dry Dock:
  • Constructed in sections at Mare Island Navy, Vallejo, CA. during 1943 and 1944
  • Delivered to the Navy in April 1944
  • Commissioned, USS ABSD-2, 14 August 1943, CDR Joseph J. Rochefort, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS ABSD-2 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS ABSD-2 was towed in sections to Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides and assembled for operation at Manus, Admiralty Islands during World War II
  • Decommissioned, 28 February 1946
  • Redesigned AFDB-2 in August 1946
  • Final/Current Disposition
    Displacement 38,500 t.(lt) (10 sections)
    Length 927' (10 sections)
    Beam 256'
    Draft 9' (light), 78' (flooded)
    Height 28' (keel to welldeck)
    Inside Width 133' 7"
    Lifting Capacity 90,000 tons
    Complement 690

    Specifications: IX-522, IX-524 and IX-535
    Displacement 3,500 t.
    Length 280'
    Beam 80'
    Draft 9' (light)

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    BB-41 Mississippi 114k USS ABSD-2 at Manus, 12 October 1944 with USS Mississippi (BB-41) drydocked. As the dry-docks were displacement limited, as to their capacity, fuel and sometimes ammunition had to be offloaded to "lighten ship". In this instance, 700,000 gallons of fuel had to be offloaded in order to meet the lifting capacity of the dry-dock.
    US Navy photo.
    Chuck Haberlein.
    BB-41 Mississippi 268k A painting by the artist Wayne Scarpaci entitled "South Pacific Advanced Base" depicting USS Mississippi (BB-41) in floating drydock USS ABSD-2, 1944. Next to her is USS Delta (AR-9). Drawing courtesy of
    Killen 153k USS Killen (DD-593), at left, USS Canberra (CA-70), right, and USS Claxton (DD-571), beyond Canberra's bow undergoing battle damage repairs in floating drydock USS ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944. Note men crowding the rails on Canberra, and her two forward 8"/55 triple gun turrets.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-304096 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Fred Weiss
    ABSD-2 129k USS Claxton (DD-571), at left, USS Canberra (CA-70), right, and USS Killen (DD-593) undergoing battle damage repairs in floating drydock USS ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, 2 December 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-304088 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    BB-61 Iowa 81k USS ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands with USS Iowa (BB-61) entering the floating dry dock before the battleship returned to San Francisco for an early 1945 refit. The Iowa also was the only one of her class that was camouflaged, as seen in these photos. The lifting capacity of the floating dry-docks is dramatically shown, but battleships had to have their ammunition and most of their fuel off-loaded before entering the dry-dock. US Navy photo
    BB-61 Iowa90k USS Iowa (BB-61) in floating dry dock USS ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands. US Navy photo
    ABSD-2 314k USS ABSD-2 at Manus, Admiralty Islands, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    There is no DANFS history record available for USS ABSD-2 / AFDB-2 at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Rochefort, Joseph John, USN14 August 1943 - 25 June 1944
    02CAPT. Richardson, George Victor, USNR25 June 1944 - 1 April 1945
    03CDR. Lawrence, William Raymond, USNR1 April 1945 - 24 December 1945
    04CDR. Lee, Joseph Epps, USNR24 December 1945 - 28 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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