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U.S.S. ELKHORN

(AOG-7)

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USS ELKHORN (AOG-7) - a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker

In Commission 1944 to 1972

AOG-7 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY1943-Launch Date: 15 MAY 1943
FEB1944-Commissioned: 12 FEB 1944
JUN1950-Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1950 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1951-JUL1951West Pac
JUN1951-MAY1954west pac-korea
JUL1959-AUG1959Dry Dock
AUG1959-FEB1960West Pac
DEC1961-APR1962Antarctic Circle
OCT1965-JUN1966West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1966-MAR1966February 1966 Operation Double Eagle Viet Nam
JUN1966-APR1967Dry Dock
JUN1968-JAN1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1968-Shellback Initiation - 10 JUL 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1969-JAN1972West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1969-MAY1969Regular Overhaul
MAY1969-JUN1969Middle Pacific
JUL1969-APR1970Qua Viet River - South Vietnam
JUL1969-JAN1970West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1969-Shellback Initiation - 31 AUG 1969 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1969-JUN1970Dry Dock
DEC1970-MAY1971West Pac
DEC1970-MAY1971West Pac
JAN1971-DEC1971Battle Efficiency Award
MAY1972-MAY1972Sold to Taiwan May1972 Renamed Hsing Lung AOG-515
JUL1972-Decommissioned: 1 JUL 1972

AOG-7 General Specifications

Class: Patapsco-class gasoline tanker

Complement: 131 Officers and Enlisted

Length: 310 feet 9 inches

Beam: 48 feet 6 inches

Draft: 15 feet 8 in

Flank Speed: 15 knots



USS ELKHORN (AOG-7)



Elkhorn (AOG-7) was launched 15 May 1943 by Cargill Inc. Savage Minn.; sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Flynn and commissioned 12 February 1944 Lieutenant (junior grade) T. A. Norris USNR in command.

Elkhorn sailed from New Orleans 25 February 1944 for the South Pacific and arrived at Milne Bay New Guinea 29 May for duty as station tanker. She made several voyages to Manus to reload and fueled ships in the invasion of Morotai in September 1944 otherwise serving at Milne Bay until March 1945 when she arrived at Leyte. Elkhorn served throughout the Philippines until 1 December then returned to the west coast for overhaul.

Elkhorn remained on active service with the Pacific Fleet through 1962. From her base at Pearl Harbor she alternated tours of duty in the Far East with cruises among the islands of the South and central Pacific. During the Korean war she operated in Japanese waters and off the Korean coast twice in 1951 and 1953 and in 1956 and 1957 she sailed from the west coast to Icy Cape and Point Barrow as a part of the Arctic resupply missions.

[Note: The above USS ELKHORN (AOG-7) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ELKHORN (AOG-7) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]