USS Faribault (AK-179)
|Namesake:||A county in Minnesota|
|Ordered:||as type (C1-M-AV1) hull|
|Builder:||Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, California|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||24 February 1945|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. L. J. Morand|
|Acquired:||by the U.S. Navy, 20 April 1945|
|Commissioned:||20 April 1945 as USS Faribault (AK-179)|
|Decommissioned:||10 July 1946, at Seattle, Washington|
|In service:||26 June 1947, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington|
|Out of service:||20 July 1956|
|two battle stars for Korean War service|
|Fate:||fate unknown after being laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, California, Group|
|Type:||Alamosa-class cargo ship|
|Tons burthen:||7,435 tons|
|Propulsion:||Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp|
|Complement:||85 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount; six 20mm guns|
USS Faribault (AK-179) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy during the final months of World War II. Faribault served U.S. military forces in the Pacific Ocean until shortly after the war when she was deactivated. During the Korean Crisis, she was reactivated and served with distinction, having been awarded two battle stars before final decommissioning.
Built in California
Faribault (AK-179) was launched 24 February 1945 by Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, California; sponsored by Mrs. L. J. Morand; acquired by the Navy from the U.S. Maritime Commission 20 April 1945; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander C. O. Fulgham, USNR, in command.
She remained in the western Pacific Ocean, carrying cargo to and from Yokosuka, Guam, Saipan, Okinawa, Luzon, Samar, and Manus Island, until returning to San Francisco 23 April 1946. Faribault was decommissioned at Seattle, Washington, 10 July 1946, and returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission the following day.
Korean War reactivation
She ranged among the islands of the Hawaiian, Marshall, Caroline, and Philippine groups, as well as other isolated islands such as Johnston Island. Between 7 November 1952 and 22 July 1953, she carried cargo from Pearl Harbor to Japan and Korea for support of the troops in Korea, then returned to duty in the Central Pacific.
Faribault served in the Far East once more between 11 August 1954 and 3 April 1955, and during September, October, and November 1954, lay at Tourane and Haiphong, Indochina, acting as fleet issue ship to the force carrying out Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of civilian refugees from Communist-held North Vietnam. From April 1955 through the remainder of the year, she carried cargo from Pearl Harbor to Midway Islands and the Marshall Islands.
On 13 April 1956 she arrived at San Diego, California, where she was placed out of commission in reserve 20 July 1956. Her subsequent fate is not known.
Honors and awards
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - AK-179 Faribault