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
USS MULIPHEN (AKA-61)
Muliphen (AKA-61) was laid down under Maritime Commission contract 13 May 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry
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
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
decade she rotated in a steady schedule of Caribbean and Mediterranean deployments. She participated in the amphibious
landings at Beirut
prompt response by the 6th Fleet prevented Communist subversion of Lebanon's government. Continuing similar duty in the
she also took part in NATO exercises and the training of Naval Academy midshipmen. Muliphen continues
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]