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USS Elokomin (AO 55)

- decommissioned -

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USS ELOKOMIN was one of the CIMARRON - class oilers and the first ship in the Navy named after the river in Washington State. Decommissioned in 1970, the ELOKOMIN was sold for scrapping in November of the same year.

General Characteristics:Keel laid: March 9, 1943
Launched: October 19, 1943
Commissioned: November 30, 1943
Decommissioned: 1970
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, Md.
Propulsion system: four boilers
Propellers: two
Length: 553 feet (168.6 meters)
Beam: 75.1 feet (22.9 meters)
Draft: 31.5 feet (9.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 25,500 tons
Speed: 18 knots
Capacity: approx. 18,300 tons of fuel
Aircraft: none
Armament: four 5-inch/38 caliber guns, four 40mm guns, four 20mm guns
Crew: approx. 300

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS ELOKOMIN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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ELOKOMIN was launched 19 October 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Shipyards, Sparrow's Point, Md., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. C. M. Marcey; transferred to the Navy and commissioned 30 November 1943, Commander J. A. Ivaldi, USNR, in command.

From January to August 1944 ELOKOMIN was almost constantly at sea transporting fuel oil, diesel oil, and gasoline from Gulf ports to Norfolk, New York, Argentia, and Bermuda. On 2 September she sailed with a convoy for Oran, Algeria, refueling the convoy escorts during the passage and discharging fuel oil to the dock at Oran upon arrival. She reached Bermuda 14 October, and after discharging the remainder of her cargo, returned to Norfolk 4 days later. Two similar voyages were made to Casablanca after which she served as station tanker at Bermuda in March and April 1945.

ELOKOMIN returned to coastwise and Caribbean duty until the end of the war. She continued on active service and from her base at Norfolk, operated mainly along the east coast and on fleet exercises. She alternated this duty with 6th Fleet tours in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic Treaty Organization exercises in European waters through 1970 when she was decommissioned. ELOKOMIN was sold for scrapping in November 1970.

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