USS Denebola (AF-56)

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USS Denebola (AF-56) Steaming in Hampton Roads, Virginia, March 1971.
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Name: USS Denebola
Ordered: as SS Hibbing Victory
VC2-S-AP3 hull, MCV 113
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 10 June 1944
Acquired: 1 May 1952
Commissioned: 20 January 1954
Decommissioned: April 1976
Struck: 30 April 1976
Fate: sold for scrapping, 1 December 1976
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,960 tons(lt) 10,850 tons(fl)
Length: 455 ft 3 in (138.76 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draught: 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
Propulsion: geared turbine engine, single propeller, 8,500shp
Speed: 16 kts.
Complement: 250
Armament: four twin 3'/50 dual purpose gun mounts

USS Denebola (AF-56) was an Denebola-class stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, and equipment to ships in the fleet, and to remote stations and staging areas.

The second ship to be named Denebola by the Navy, AF-56 was launched 10 June 1944 as Hibbing Victory by Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland, Oregon; sponsored by Miss J. A. Bush; transferred to the Navy 1 May 1952; converted at New York Naval Shipyard; and commissioned 20 January 1954, Commander S. E. Ramey in command.


From the completion of her shakedown through June 1960 Denebola alternated eight tours of duty with the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean with local operations out of Norfolk, Virginia. In addition she participated in NATO exercises in 1957 and 1958 and carried stores to the Caribbean. She served as plane guard for President Dwight D. Eisenhower's plane and on his return from the NATO conference at Paris, in 1957, and during her 1958 Mediterranean tour she replenished ships patrolling off Beirut in the aftermath of the Lebanon crisis.


Denebola was decommissioned in April 1976 and struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1976. Final Disposition: sold for scrapping, 1 December 1976, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service.

Military awards and honors

Her crew was eligible for the following medals and commendations:


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