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Armadillo Class, U.S. Mobile Station Tankers


Photograph of Armadillo-class mobile station tanker USS Stag

Naval Historical Center #NH 75821


Specifications:


Tonnage 3745 tons light
14,380 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 441'6" by 56'11" by 28'4"
134.57m by 17.35m by 8.64m
Maximum speed       11 knots
Complement 79
Armament
1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
1 3"/50 AA gun
8 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft triple-expansion reciprocating engines (2500 shp)
Two boilers
Bunkerage 1700 tons fuel oil
Range 17,000 nautical miles (31,000 km) at 11 knots


The Armadillos were Maritime Commission Liberty tankers (Z-ET1-S-C3) converted to mobile station tankers for the Navy. They were used as floating fuel bunkers at advanced naval bases. A number were converted to distillation ships.

Units in the Pacific:

Armadillo     
Completed 1943-11-18 (San Pedro)    

Beagle
Completed 1943-11-20 (San Pedro)    
Camel
Completed 1943-11-22 (San Pedro)   
Caribou
Completed 1943-11-25 (San Pedro)   
Elk
Completed 1943-11-26 (San Pedro)   
Gazelle
Completed 1943-11-29 (San Pedro)   
Gemsbok     
Completed 1943-12-3 (San Pedro)  

Giraffe
Completed 1943-12-12 (San Pedro)   
Ibex
Completed 1943-12-13 (San Pedro)  

Jaguar
Completed 1943-12-15 (San Pedro)  
Leopard
Arrived 1944-1

Whippet
Arrived 1944-1

Kangaroo     
Arrived 1944-1-28

Mink
Arrived 1944-2-2

Panda
Arrived 1944-3

Porcupine     
Arrived 1944-3
Sunk by aircraft 1944-12-30 off Mindoro
Raccoon
Arrived 1944-3

Moose
Arrived 1944-3-15

Stag
Arrived 1944-9-13
Water distillation ship
Wildcat
Arrived 1944-12-21
Water distillation ship


References

HyperWar (accessed 2009-6-1)
NavSource.org (accessed 2009-6-1)



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