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USS Ibex (IX-119)

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

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

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker
  • Laid down, 16 October 1943, as Nicholas Longworth, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull, at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA.
  • Renamed Ibex 27 October 1943
  • Launched, 15 November 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy 13 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Ibex (IX-119), 18 December 1943
  • During World War II USS Ibex was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1946
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 30 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    Merchant Service
    Acquired by T. J. Stevenson Co. under a General Agency Agreement, 12 January 1948, converted for dry cargo service and renamed SS Helen Stevenson
    Sold to T.J. Stevenson Co., 18 February 1948
    Sold to the University of Chicago in February 1957
    Sold for foreign service in March 1957, reflagged Liberian, renamed SS Elderfields
    Renamed SS Winner in 1961
  • Final Disposition, grounded during a typhoon off Wakanoura, Japan, severely damaged, regarded as unseaworthy, scrapped locally in Japan in February 1966
    Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 14,500 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 104
    Cargo Capacity 8,500 DWT
    Oil 63,000 Bbls
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 13,700 Bbls
    one Joshua Hendy Ironworks, Sunnyvale, CA., triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 220psi 450°
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp

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    United States Maritime Commission
    140k United States Maritime Commission Tanker Design Z-ET-1-S-C3.
    US National Archives photo thanks to Auke Visser's Famous T-Tanker Pages
    USS Ibex (IX-119)
    Ibex - is any of several species of wild mountain goat, distinguished by the male's large recurved horns, which are transversely ridged in front. Ibex are found in Eurasia, North Africa, and East Africa.
    Photo, PikiWiki Isreal 38769.
    Tommy Trampp
    Jaguar 181k Liberty Ships fitting out at California Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, CA., 25 November 1943. From left to right:
    Dry Cargo Ships
    SS John A. Roebling
    SS Ralph A. Cram
    Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tankers
    Caribou (IX-114)- ex SS Nathaniel B. Palmer
    Elk (IX-115) - SS William Winter
    Gazelle (IX-116)- SS Cyrus K. Holliday
    Gemsbok (IX-117) - SS Carl R. Gray
    Giraffe (IX-118) - SS Sanford B. Dole
    Ibex (IX-119) - SS Nicholas Longworth
    Jaguar (IX-120) - SS Charles T. Yerkes
    Gerard Mueller-Debus
    Merchant Service
    Ibex 134k Ex-USS Ibex (IX-119) in foreign merchant service as SS Winner moored pierside, early 1960s, location unknown. Gerhard Muller-Debus

    USS Ibex (IX-119)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships DANFS
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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