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USS Whippet (IX-129)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Mike - Mike
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Armadillo Class Mobile Station Tanker:
  • Laid down, 31 October 1943, as SS Eugene W. Hilgard a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1933) at Delta Shipbuilding Corp., New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 15 December 1943
  • Delivered to the US Navy, at New Orleans, LA., 13 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Whippet (IX-129), 14 January 1944, LCDR. R. Parmenter in command
  • During World War II USS Whippet was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of the southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned 1 July 1946
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • USS Whippet earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold, 27 April 1951, to Hilgard Tanker Corp., name retained
    Resold in July 1954 to a Liberian Shipping Co.
    Resold in 1955 to Theodpilos J. Vatis, Greece
    Converted to a dry cargo ship at Savannah, GA. in 1955, renamed SS Loida Liberian flag retained
    Vessel lengthened at Kobe, Japan in 1965
    Sold in 1971, renamed SS Nervion
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Displacement 3,665 t.(lt) 15,425 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 57'
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 109
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two 220 PSI boilers
    one three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, Shaft Horsepower, 2,500

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    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 Whippet (IX-129)
    Whippet - is a dog breed of medium size. They are a sighthound breed that originated in England, where they descended from Greyhounds. Whippets today still strongly resemble a smaller Greyhound.
    Tommy Trampp
    Merchant Service
    Whippet 275k Ex-USNS Whippet (IX-129) in Greek owned, Liberian flagged merchant service as SS Loida loading/unloading lumber to/from a barge, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Whippet 190k Ex-USNS Whippet (IX-129) sold and renamed SS Nervion in 1971, possible at a shipbreakers yard at Kaohsiung, Taiwan Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Whippet (IX-129)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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