Allied Warships

USS Neches (ii) (AO 47)

Oiler of the Mattaponi class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeOiler
ClassMattaponi 
PennantAO 47 
Built bySun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down12 Jun 1941 
Launched11 Oct 1941 
Commissioned16 Sep 1942 
End service 1970 
History

Laid down as merchantile Aekay.
Acquired by the USN on 20 July 1942
Commissioned as USS Neches (AO-47) on 16 September 1942
Decommissioned on 10 July 1950
Recommissioned on 3 June 1951
Decommissioned in June 1955
Recommissioned on 24 November 1961
Decommissioned in 1970
Stricken on 1 October 1970
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 1 December 1973

 

Commands listed for USS Neches (ii) (AO 47)

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CommanderFromTo
1John Joseph Curley, Jr., USN16 Sep 194228 Nov 1942
2Campbell Dallas Emory, USN28 Nov 19427 Jul 1943
3Hedley George Hansen, USN7 Jul 1943Jun 1946

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Notable events involving Neches (ii) include:


8 Oct 1944
USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) fuelled the light cruiser USS San Diego (Capt. W.E.A. Mulen, USN) and two destroyers, USS Yarnall (Cdr. J.H. Hogg, USN) and USS Benham (Cdr. F.S. Keeler, USN).

Thereafter Iowa herself fuelled from the USS Neches (Cdr. H.G. Hansen, USN).

11 Aug 1945
USS Iowa (Capt. C. Wellborn, Jr., USN) topped off four of the destroyers of the Task Group, USS Benham (Lt.Cdr. W.L. Poindexter, USN), USS Cogswell (Cdr. R.N. Perley, Jr., USN), USS Uhlmann (Cdr. S.C. Small, USN) and USS Stockham (Cdr. D.L. Moody, USN), with fuel. Following the fuelling of these destroyers Iowa herself was fuelled by the oiler USS Neches (Cdr. H.G. Hansen, USN).


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