USS Rolette (AKA-99)
|Namesake:||Rolette County, North Dakota|
|Builder:||Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Kearny, New Jersey|
|Laid down:||2 December 1944|
|Launched:||11 March 1945|
|Commissioned:||27 April 1945|
|Struck:||23 April 1947|
|Reinstated:||13 August 1951|
|Recommissioned:||23 February 1952|
|Decommissioned:||1 May 1956|
|Struck:||1 July 1960|
|Class and type:||Andromeda-class attack cargo ship|
|Displacement:||14,200 long tons (14,428 t) full load|
|Length:||459 ft 2 in (139.95 m)|
|Beam:||63 ft (19 m)|
|Draft:||26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)|
|Speed:||17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)|
• 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mount|
• 4 × twin 40 mm gun mounts
Attack cargo ship Rolette was laid down on 2 December 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, NJ, for the Maritime Commission; launched on 11 March 1945, sponsored by Mrs. William U. Kirsch, acquired by the Navy on loan-charter on 26 April 1945, and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 27 April 1945, Comdr. Lamar M. Wise in command.
Rolette proceeded to Chesapeake Bay in May 1945, two days after Germany surrendered. She loaded her first cargo on the 30th and sailed for Pearl Harbor, where she unloaded and took on construction material for Guinan, Samar Island, Philippine Islands. As the crew was discharging her cargo there in mid-August, they heard of the Japanese surrender. Rolette was ordered to operate with the amphibious ships carrying the Army Occupation Forces to Japan from the Philippines. During September and October she debarked troops at Tokyo, Hokkaidō, and Hakodate.
Rolette was reacquired by the Navy on 13 August 1951 and recommissioned on 23 February on 1952 at Oakland, California. She proceeded to her homeport, Norfolk, Virginia, to operate as a unit of the United States Atlantic Fleet. From April to October 1953, the ship served with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. On this deployment she landed food, medical supplies, and workers to aid the citizens of Argostoli, Greece, after a devastating earthquake.
Rolette underwent overhaul and refresher training during 1954, and on 5 January 1955 departed Norfolk for San Diego. On 31 March she joined an amphibious squadron for a six-month tour in the western Pacific and participation in landing exercise "Navmarlex 1-55" conducted at Okinawa in June. She returned to San Diego on 30 September, underwent a brief period of upkeep, and took part in the exercise "Pactrex 56" in November.
- Photo gallery of USS Rolette (AKA-99) at NavSource Naval History
- USS Rolette Reunion
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