Artemis class attack cargo ship

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USS Zenobia - a typical Artemis class AKA
Class overview
Builders:Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc.
Operators: United States Navy
General characteristics
Type: S4-SE2-BE1
Displacement: 4,087 tons
Length: 426 ft (130 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 16 ft (5 m)
Speed: 16.9 kn (31 km/h)
Complement: 303 (varies)
Armament: 1 × 5-inch 38 caliber dual purpose gun mount
4 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
10 × 20 mm gun mounts

The Artemis class attack cargo ships were built by Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc. of Providence, R.I., during World War II.

Like all AKA's, they were designed to carry combat loaded military cargo and landing craft, and to use the latter to land weapons, supplies, and troops on enemy shores during amphibious operations.

Compared to other classes of AKA's, these ships had a much shallower draft, and a lower main deck aft.

All these ships were built on the same standard hull design, but there were some differences from ship to ship:

The armament varied, as did that of the other ships of the day. During 1944-1945, the 5"/38 was recognized as the best gun for the dual role of antiaircraft and naval gunfire support, and the 40 mm was seen as the best antiaircraft gun. The older 20 mm and .50 caliber guns had been recognized as of limited value, and were being phased out, though they appeared on some of these ships. The 20 mm's were later removed from all of them, but it is not clear just when this happened.

The complement varied as well, but the DANFS figures sometimes seem to confuse ship's company with embarked troops in determining a ship's complement.

See also