Allied Warships

USS Orion (AS 18)

Submarine tender of the Fulton class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeSubmarine tender
ClassFulton 
PennantAS 18 
Built byMoore Dry Dock Co. (Oakland, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered30 Dec 1940 
Laid down31 Jul 1941 
Launched24 Jun 1942 
Commissioned30 Sep 1943 
End service3 Sep 1993 
History

Decommissioned and stricken on 3 September 1993.
Scrapped in October 2006 at Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

 

Commands listed for USS Orion (AS 18)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Capt. Clayton Shadek Isgrig, USN30 Sep 194310 Jul 1944 (1)
2Lt.Cdr. George Leonard Shane, Jr., USN10 Jul 194427 May 1945 (1)
3T/Capt. Edward Robert Hannon, USN27 May 194511 Jun 1947 (1)

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Notable events involving Orion include:


23 Dec 1943
Around 0600L/23, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) departed Brisbane to make rendezvous with the submarine tender USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) and her current escort USS Harmon (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Read, USNR).

Rendezvous was effected in position 26°32'S, 156°16'E around 1800K/23.

USS Harmon then parted company and set course for Noumea.

HMAS Stuart and USS Orion arrived at Brisbane around 1020L/24. (2)

27 Dec 1943
From 27 to 29 December 1943, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) and HMAS Townsville (Lt. A. Farquhar-Smith, RANR(S)) conducted A/S and attack exercises with USS Albacore (T/Cdr. J.W. Blanchard, USN).

HMAS Stuart however parted company around 1005L/28, having been ordered to escort USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) to the vicinity of Sydney. (3)

28 Dec 1943
Around 1400L/28, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) made rendezvous with USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) off Caloundra.

They parted company around 2100L/29 to the North-East of Sydney. (2)

Sources

  1. http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/36/3618a.htm
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for December 1943
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for December 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Townsville for December 1943

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