Allied Warships

USS Big Horn (AO 45)

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NavyThe US Navy
TypeOiler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantAO 45 
Built bySun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down30 Nov 1935 
Launched2 May 1936 
Commissioned16 Apr 1942 
End service6 May 1946 
History

Displacement: 4150 BRT
Length: 426 feet
Complement: 239
Armament: 2 3" AA guns (2x1)
Speed: 12.5 kts
Power: 3300 HP
Engines: direct drive turbines

Acquired by the USN on 31 March 1942 and modified as a Q-ship
Commissioned as USS Big Horn (AO-45) on 16 April 1942
Decommissioned on 17 January 1944 and transferred to the Coast Guard and recommissioned as weather ship USCGC Big Horn (WAO-124)
Decommissioned by the Coast Guard and returned to the Navy for recommissioning as miscellaneous unclassified Big Horn (IX-207) on 1 February 1945
Decommissioned on 6 May 1946
Sold into merchantile service in 1948
Scrapped in 1960

 

Commands listed for USS Big Horn (AO 45)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Joseph Aloysius Gainard, USN16 Apr 194224 Jun 1943 (1)
2Louis Calott Farley, USN24 Jun 194317 Jan 1944

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