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USS Appalachian (AGC-1)

United States (1943)
Picture of USS Appalachian (AGC-1) Amphibious Force Flagship Vessel

The AGC-1 took part in some of the bloodiest amphibious landings of World War 2.


Detailing the development and operational history of the USS Appalachian (AGC-1) Amphibious Force Flagship Vessel.  Entry last updated on 9/13/2016; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The USS Appalachian was an amphibious support ship in service with the United States Navy during the course of World War 2. Her exploits took her into some of the most intense landing operations of the entire conflict in support of US Marine units. Her support of such operations was vital in the progress made by US Navy forces in the Battle of the Pacific. The Appalachian was the lead ship of her Appalachian-class that sported three other vessels in the USS blue Ridge, USS Rocky Mount and the USS Catoctin.

Powered by a single shaft turbine engine, the Appalachian could exceed speeds of 16 knots while crewed by a complement of 368 personnel. She was listed at a displacement in nearing the 14,000 ton range. Her armament consisted of 2 x 5" main guns and augmented by a collection of 8 x 40mm cannons and 14 x 20mm cannons. Her profile was dominated by a single midship superstructure and twin masts at forward and aft. A single funnel sat atop her superstructure as did a communications array mast.

The USS Appalachian was called to action when it first took part in the invasion of the Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands then later operating in the Guadalcanal and Solomon Islands. The vessel was then part of the bombardment of Guam with her 5" guns in support of US Marine landing forces there. She later supported other vessels in the landings at Leyte in the Philippines then later (early 1945) at Luzon. On her return from the invasions, she was assaulted by some Japanese aircraft but was able to repel and avoid any critical damage. Beyond her support of American fleets and landing parties, the vessel was also called to train new crops of sailors in support operations. She ended her World War 2 career near Manila, Philippines in 1945 until the end of the conflict.

The USS Appalachian was laid down in 1942, with construction handled by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Company (Kearney, New Jersey), and launched the following year. She was officially commissioned in 1943 and decommissioned in 1947. Her name was finally struck from the Naval Vessel Register some time later in 1960. Her remains were sold for scrapping. The USS Appalachian earned herself and her crews 4 Battle Stars for service in World War 2.

Any available statistics for the USS Appalachian (AGC-1) Amphibious Force Flagship Vessel are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, ship class and number-in-class. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard base performance figures, installed armament, global users (from A-to-Z) and named ships-in-class.


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National Origin: United States
Service Year / Commissioned: 1943
Classification Type: Amphibious Force Flagship Vessel
Ship Class: Appalachian-class
Number-in-Class: 4
Global Operators:
United States
Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Operating Weights:

Operational
CREW


Personnel
368

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Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
459 ft


Meters
139.90 m


Dimension
BEAM


Feet
63 ft


Meters
19.20 m


Dimension
DRAUGHT


Feet
24 ft


Meters
7.32 m


Displacement
SURFACE


Tons
13,910 t

Installed Power / Machinery - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Shaft Turbine engine

Performance
SPEED


Knots
16.5 kts


Miles-per-Hour
19 mph


Performance
RANGE


Nautical Miles
3,001 nm


Miles
3,454 mi


Miles
5,559 km

Armament / Air Wing:

2 x 5" main guns
8 x 40mm cannons
14 x 20mm cannons

Aircraft:
none.
Ships-in-Class (4):

USS Appalachian (AGC 1); USS Blue Ridge (AGC 2); USS Rocky Mount (AGC 3); USS Catoctin (AGC 5)
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