USS Alamosa (AK-156), her camouflage is Measure 32 Design 6AO.
|Namesake:||Alamosa County, Colorado|
|Ordered:||as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2101|
|Builder:||Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Richmond, California|
|Laid down:||15 November 1943|
|Launched:||14 April 1944|
|Commissioned:||10 August 1944|
|Decommissioned:||25 August 1944|
|Recommissioned:||25 September 1944|
|Decommissioned:||20 May 1946|
|Refit:||25 August 1944, conversion to an ammunition issue ship|
|Struck:||14 June 1946|
|Fate:||sold, 1 May 1972|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Alamosa-class cargo ship|
|Tonnage:||5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)|
|Length:||388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Draft:||21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 × propeller|
|Speed:||11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)|
USS Alamosa (AK-156) was the lead ship of the Alamosa-class cargo ships, commissioned by the US Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for delivering troops, goods and equipment to locations in the war zone.
Alamosa was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2101, on 15 November 1943 at Richmond, California, by Kaiser Cargo, Inc.; launched on 14 April 1944; sponsored by Mrs. J.J. Mullane; and acquired by the Navy and commissioned on 10 August 1944, Lieutenant Commander K.C. Ingraham in command. Alamosa class cargo ships are named after United States Counties.
Recommissioned as an ammunition issue ship
After a brief fitting out period in the San Francisco Bay area, Alamosa sailed for Portland, Oregon. There the ship entered the Commercial Iron Works yards and was decommissioned on 25 August for conversion to an ammunition issue ship. She was recommissioned on 25 September and got underway on 6 October for shakedown out of San Pedro, California. After taking on ammunition at Mare Island, California, Alamosa set sail on November [...] for the Marshall Islands.
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
Upon arriving at Eniwetok on 7 December, Alamosa was assigned to Service Squadron 8. For the duration of World War II, the vessel carried ammunition and cargo between Eniwetok, Saipan, Guam, Ulithi, Peleliu, and Leyte.
She arrived at Seattle, Washington, on 27 January; was decommissioned there on 20 May 1946; and was turned over to the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration for disposal. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 14 June 1946. The ship was sold for $6,227.22, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., on 19 May 1972, for non-transportation use.
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