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USS MULIPHEN (AKA-61 ) - an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship

In Commission 1944 to 1955

AKA-61 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1944 - Keel Date: 13 MAY 1944
at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Kearny NJ
AUG 1944 - Launch Date: 26 AUG 1944
OCT 1944 - Commissioned: 23 OCT 1944
NOV 1944 - DEC 1945 North Atlantic
FEB 1945 - MAR 1945 Iwo Jima
APR 1945 - APR 1945 Okinawa (Gunto Operations)
JUL 1948 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUL 1948 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1958 - JAN 1958 Bierut Crisis
JAN 1958 - SEP 1958 Mediterranean-Lebanon
APR 1961 - OCT 1961 Mediterranean
MAY 1961 - JAN 1964 Mediterranean
JAN 1964 - JUN 1964 Mediterranean
SEP 1964 - JAN 1965 Caribbean
JUN 1966 - SEP 1966 Caribbean
DEC 1967 - MAR 1968 Caribbean
OCT 1968 - MAR 1969 Mediterranean
NOV 1968 - APR 1969 Mediterranean
OCT 1969 - DEC 1969 Caribbean
AUG 1970 - Decommissioned: 28 AUG 1970
JAN 1989 - JAN 1989 Sunk as a reef off Florida coast near Ft. Pierce

AKA-61 General Specifications

Class: Andromeda-class attack cargo ship

Named for: Muliphen

Complement: 246 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7360 tons

Length: 459 feet 2 inches

Beam: 63 feet

Flank Speed: 16 Knots

Final Disposition: Sunk as an artificial reef off Port St. Lucie Florida 21 January 1989


Muliphen (AKA-61) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract 13 May 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Oo. Kearny N.J. ; launched 26 August 1944 ; sponsored by Mrs. John Hancock ; acquired by the Navy 21 October 1944 ; and commissioned 23 October 1944 Lt. Comdr. Walter W. Wliliamson in command.

Following shakedown in Chesapeake Bay Muliphen sailed 1 December 194.4 to operate with the Key West Fla. Sound School. On 14 December she steamed for the Pacific where she joined Transport Division 43 off Pearl Harbor and sailed to prepare for the invasion of Iwo Jima at Eniwetok arriving 5 February 1945. Muliphen arrived off Iwo Jima 19 February unloaded until 4 March then retired to Saipan.

She departed 27 March for the invasion of Okinawa took part in a feint landing 1 April and repeated the feint the following day. Held in reserve off Okinawa until 10 April she sailed then for Saipan and cargo duty between the Marianas and Solomons. She arrived Manila 18 September with a cargo of underwater demolition gear and spent the next 3 months carrying occupation troops to Japan from the Philippines until sailing for Seattle 24 November.

Serving with the Naval Transportation Service for the next 4 years she carried men and supplies to Asiatic and Pacific ports and supplied Point Barrow Alaska in 1946 and 1947.

In 1950 Muliphen transferred to the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Fleet Amphibious Force based at Norfolk The following decade she rotated in a steady schedule of Caribbean and Mediterranean deployments. She participated in the amphibious landings at Beirut Lebanon when a

prompt response by the 6th Fleet prevented Communist subversion of Lebanon's government. Continuing similar duty in the 1960's she also took part in NATO exercises and the training of Naval Academy midshipmen. Muliphen continues into 1969 to perform a vital role In the Nation's peacekeeping efforts.

Muliphen received two battle stars for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS MULIPHEN (AKA-61) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MULIPHEN (AKA-61) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]