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Western Front (ID 1787)

Civilian call sign (1919):
Love - Jig - Dog - Nan


  • Built in 1917 as Nikkosan Maru by the Skinner and Eddy Corp., Seattle, WA
  • Launched 15 September 1917
  • Renamed Indiana after her completion
  • Acquired by the Navy 9 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Indiana (ID 1787), 11 May 1918
  • Renamed Western Front a few days later
  • Decommissioned 15 August 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 11,500 t.
  • Length 423' 9"
  • Beam 54'
  • Depth of hold 29' 9"
  • Draft 24' 1"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 70
  • Armament: One 4"/40 mount and one 6-pounder
  • Propulsion: Three single ended boilers, one 2,500shp Curtis steam turbine with reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Western Front 111k Nikkosan Maru underway off Seattle, Washington, in late 1917, probably during trials
    Photographed by her builder, the Skinner & Eddy Corporation, Seattle.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 65084-A
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR John Burns, USNRF11 May 1918
    02LCDR J. Martin Sivertsen, USNRF1919
    03LCDR George A. Saunders, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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