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U.S.S. DELTA

(AR-9)

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USS DELTA (AR-9) - an Aristaeus-class battle damage repair ship

In Commission 1941 to 1970

AR-9 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1941 Commissioned: 16 JUN 1941
NOV 1947 - DEC 1949 West Pac
NOV 1950 - NOV 1950 Recommisioned
JAN 1952 - DEC 1952 Middle Pacific
JUN 1952 - DEC 1953 Koria
JUN 1952 - DEC 1953 Middle Pacific
AUG 1955 - Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 1955 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 12 APR 1960 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1960 - DEC 1960 West Pac
MAY 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 12 MAY 1960 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1960 - Shellback Initiation - 11 MAY 1960 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1961 - APR 1961 West Pac
FEB 1962 - AUG 1962 West Pac
MAY 1962 - SEP 1962 West Pac
DEC 1963 - JUL 1964 West Pac
APR 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1965 - FEB 1966 West Pac
JAN 1967 - SEP 1967 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN 1967 - AUG 1967 West Pac
FEB 1968 - NOV 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAR 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1969 - DEC 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1969 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1969 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1969 Shellback Initiation - 22 SEP 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1970 Decommissioned: 20 JUN 1970

AR-9 General Specifications

Displacement: 8975 tons

Length: 490 feet 6 inches

Beam: 69 feet 6 inches

Draft: 23 feet 6 in

Flank Speed: 18 kts

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 1983



USS DELTA (AR-9)



The second Delta (AK-29), named for the star, was built in 1941 as Hawaiian Packer by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.; acquired by the Navy 4 June 1941; and commissioned 16 June 1941, Commander C. D. Headee in command.

From 8 July 1941 to May 1942 Delta carried cargo from east coast ports to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Puerto Rico; Bermuda; Argentina, Newfoundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Reykjavik, Iceland. On 1 July 1942 she was reclassified AR-9, and was placed in reserve commission for conversion to a fleet repair ship by Cramp Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pa.

Delta sailed from Philadelphia 3 March 1943, and between March and June repaired amphibious ships and craft at Oran, Algeria. She served similarly at Bizerte, Tunisia, from June to March 1944, then at Palermo, and on 8 July sailed for Pozzuouli, Italy, to prepare landing craft for their return to the United States. Her final Mediterranean duty, from November to April 1945, was to tend destroyers at Oran.

She returned to Norfolk for overhaul 27 April 1945, and on 15 June sailed for Pearl Harbor for a month of repair duty. On 26 August, she arrived at Yokosuka Naval Base for general fleet repair work, including the assignment of preparing Nagato, the former Japanese battleship,' for the atomic weapons tests of 1946 at Bikini. Delta served the Fleet at Shanghai from March through June 1946, and on 17 July arrived at Philadelphia, where she was decommissioned and placed in reserve 5 March 1947.

Recommissioned 1 November 1950, Delta arrived at San Diego 8 March 1951 to provide repair services to ships of the Pacific Fleet there and at Long Beach as well as on periodic deployments to the Far East. Her first such, during the Korean War, was from 25 June 1952 until 14 February 1953. On her second, in 1953 and 1954, she joined in Operation "Passage to Freedom," the evacuation of Vietnamese to South Vietnam upon the partition of Indochina. During her last FarEastern service, in 1955, she served as flagship for the Blockading and Escort Force off Korea. She returned from this cruise to Tacoma, Wash., where she was decommissioned and placed in reserve 1 December 1955.

Delta received three battle stars for World War II service, and one for Korean War service.

[Note: The above USS DELTA (AR-9) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS DELTA (AR-9), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]