USS Claiborne (AK-171)

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Ordered: as C1-M-AV1 hull
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 3 September 1944
Commissioned: 19 April 1945
Decommissioned: 7 February 1946
Struck: date unknown
Fate: fate unknown
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,382 t.(lt) 7,540 t.(fl)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Propulsion: diesel engine, single screw, 1,700 shp
Speed: 11.5 knots (21 km/h)
Complement: 79
Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, six 20 mm guns

USS Claiborne (AK-171) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.

Claiborne (AK-171) was launched 3 September 1944 by Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under a Maritime Commission contract, sponsored by Miss L. Kapczynski; and commissioned 19 April 1945 at New Orleans, Louisiana, Lieutenant R. B. Johnston in command.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations

Claiborne departed Gulfport, Mississippi, 20 May 1945 and arrived at Hollandia, New Guinea, 5 July. For the next 6 months she operated in the Philippines and New Guinea areas, carrying food, and supplies, and helping to redeploy troops among the various islands. The cargo ship sailed from Manila 6 January 1946, for Yokosuka, Japan, anchoring there 13 January.

Post-war decommissioning

Claiborne was decommissioned and transferred to the War Shipping Administration at Tokyo 7 February 1946


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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