USS Sirius (AF-60)

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Name: USS Sirius
Laid down: 5 January 1942
Launched: 11 April 1942
Acquired: by the US Navy, 18 May 1956
Commissioned: 12 January 1957
Decommissioned: 1964
Struck: 1 August 1965
Fate: Sold, 13 April 1971
General characteristics
Type: Type C2-S-B1 hull
Displacement: 7,430 long tons (7,549 t) light
13,893 long tons (14,116 t) full
Length: 459 ft (140 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Propulsion: 600psi cross compound steam turbine, single propeller
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h; 20 mph)
Complement: 278
Armament: None

USS Sirius (AF-60) was a Alstede-class stores ship in service with the US Maritime Administration from 1943, and acquired by the United States Navy in 1956. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, and equipment to ships in the fleet, and to remote stations and staging areas.

Sirius was laid down on 5 January 1942 as SS Trade Wind (MC hull 185) by Moore Dry Dock Company at Oakland, California, launched on 11 April 1942, sponsored by Mrs. Olga Johnson, and delivered to the Maritime Administration on 30 April 1943.

Service history

Sirius was acquired by the U.S. Navy from the Maritime Administration on 18 May 1956 and commissioned on 12 January 1957 at San Francisco, California. On 26 April, she sailed for Sasebo, Japan, arriving on 14 May. Sirius spent most of her commissioned service plying between ports in the Far East and with the 7th Fleet. She supplied fleet units in Japan; Hong Kong, the Philippine Islands; Okinawa; and Taiwan. Sirius was struck from the Navy List on 1 August 1965 and returned to the Maritime Administration, and sold to West Waterway Lumber Co., Seattle, Washington, on 13 April 1971.


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