1945 - 1949
 

Year

Date Time  Ship's Commissioning, Shakedown and local operations  
1945 02/19  1400  USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) placed in commission by Auxiliary Vessels Ferry Crew #1
       Moored North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, NC
  02/20 0730  Underway Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC
    1722  Moored Charleston Navy Yard
  02/21 0900  USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) placed out of commission.  Auxiliary Vessels Ferry Crew #1 departed.
  08/11 0906  Captain Guy E. Baker, Captain of the Yard, US Navy Yard, Charleston, SC placed USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) in full commission.
    0910  LtCmdr W. F. Smith assumed command of USS Great Sitkin (AE-17)
  08/12    Shifted berths to Clyde Mallory Docks
  08/14 2325  Crewmember in an intoxicated condition was returned to ship by Shore Patrol  (First one!)
  08/15 0650  Underway, shifted berths to deperming dock, US Navy Yard Charleston
    1340  Underway to degaussing range
    1882  Moored US Navy Yard Charleston
  08/18 0807  Underway for post conversion sea trials
    1021  Commenced structural test firing
    1221  Completed structural test firing, expended 4 rounds 5"/38 cal, 12 rounds 3"/50 cal, 32 rounds 40mm, 320 rounds 20mm ammunition
  08/25 0915  Commenced ammunition on-load
    2320  Completed on-load of ship's ammunition allowance
  08/29 1001  Underway Hampton Roads, VA
  08/30 1802  Anchored Hampton Roads anchorage
  09/01 0935  Underway for shakedown area
    1719  Anchored Chesapeake Bay
  09/02    From 02 - 05 Sept, various underway periods conducting shakedown and various exercises
  09/06 1033  Commenced fueling at sea and towing exercise with USS Vogelgesang (DD-862)
  09/08 2042  Commenced night battle firing practice
  09/09    From 09 - 20 Sept, ship conducted shakedown operations
  09/21 1507  Underway Norfolk Navy yard, Portsmouth, VA
    1545  Auxiliary Shakedown Group and inspection party left ship
    1659  Moored Pier 5 Norfolk Navy Yard
  10/05 0831  Underway Hampton Roads, VA
    0907  Anchored berth 2 Hampton Roads
  10/16 1220  Changed anchorage to berth 4
  10/17 1755  Underway New York, NY
  10/18 1249  Anchored Sandy Hook Bay, NJ
    1627  Underway Leonardo Piers, Sandy Hook Bay, NJ
    1720  Moored
  10/19 0931  Commenced loading of cargo ammunition
  10/26 2100  Completed loading cargo ammunition
  10/29 0905  Underway for explosive dumping area
    2047  Arrived explosive dumping area commenced dumping condemned ammunition
  10/30 1707  Completed dumping and underway for Gravesend Bay, NY
  10/31 0755  Anchored Gravesend Bay, NY
    1026  Commenced refueling
    1647  Underway explosive anchorage Sandy Hook Bay, NJ
  11/01 0749  Underway Leonardo Piers
    0834  Moored
    1355  Commenced loading condemned ammunition
  11/15 0658  Underway explosive anchorage, Sandy Hook Bay, NJ
    0720  Anchored
  11/16 0710  Underway Leonardo Piers
    0800  Moored
    1030  Commenced loading condemned ammunition
  11/24 0910  Completed on-load
    1150  Underway explosive dumping area
  11/27 1934  Completed dumping condemned ammunition
    2136  Underway Norfolk, VA
  11/28 1318  Anchored Berth 2, Hampton Roads, VA
  11/30 1520  Changed berths to Pier 3 NOB Norfolk, VA
  12/11 0745  Changed berths to anchorage Southern "Dog" Hampton Roads, VA
 
 
 
Year
Date Time  Local Operations 
1946 01/08 0815  Changed berth to Pier 3 NOB Norfolk, VA
  01/15 0941  Changed berth to anchorage Southern "Dog" Hampton Roads, VA
  01/16 0148 Ship noted to be dragging anchor and lightly touched bow of USS Winston (AKA-94) at frame 155 port side
    0226  Got underway to re-anchor
    0350  Anchored
    0807  Changed anchorages
  02/13    Changed berths to Pier 4 NOB Norfolk, VA
  02/20 0805  Captain Emil Perry reported on board for duty as Commanding Officer
    0950  Rammed by YTB-281 white it was assisting USS Lycoming (APA-155)
  02/21 0840  Captain Emil Perry relieved Commander William F. Smith as Commanding Officer
    1526  Underway for dumping area "B"
  02/22 0850  Commenced dumping of condemned ammunition
  02/28 1144  Anchored Southern "Dog" anchorage Hampton Roads, VA
  03/22 1130  S.S. Emblane alongside to deliver stores
  03/25 0900  Underway
  03/26 0658  Commenced rearming practice with USS Greene (DD-711), USS Gyatt (DD-712), USS Gearing (DD-710)
  03/28 0910  Commenced rearming at sea practice with USS Mackensie (DD-836)
    1517  Commenced gunnery exercise
    1821  Anchored
  03/29 0730  Underway
    1804  Anchored Northern "Dog" Hampton Roads, VA
  04/02 0715  Underway
  04/03 0922  Commenced rearming exercise with USS Chemung (AO-30)
    1329  Commenced refueling exercise
  04/04 1532  Anchored berth Baker 5 Hampton Roads, VA
  04/13 0541  Underway
    1028  Rendezvoused with USS Renate (AKA-36) for joint exercises
    1419  Commenced cargo transfer exercise
    2003  Anchored in Southern "Dog" area Hampton Roads, VA
  04/20 1251  Underway
  04/21 0934  Anchored Sandy Hook Bay
  04/22 0745  Underway
    0832  Moored Pier No.2, Berth 1, Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, NJ
  04/30 1200  Underway to clear danger area due to explosion of USS Solar (DE-221)
    1217  Anchored Sandy Hook Bay
    1230  Engineering plant on 10 minutes notice for getting underway
    2005  Underway
    2101  Moored Pier 3 Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, NJ
  05/10 1016  Underway
    1121  Anchored Gravesend Bay Explosive Anchorage
  05/14 0650  Underway
  05/21 0600  Commenced rearming USS Gyatt (DD-712), USS Macon (CA-132), USS E.A. Greene (DD-711), USS F.D. Roosevelt (CVB-42), USS Charles Ware (DD-865), USS Missouri (BB-63), USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DD-713), USS Vogelgesang (DD-862), USS Dayton (CL-105), USS Gearing (DD-710), USS Midway (CVB-41), USS Rush (DD-714), USS Mindoro (CVE-120), USS Princeton (CG-59)
  05/25 2004  Anchored berth 56 York River, VA
  06/18 1100  Underway NAD Earle, NJ
  06/19 1129  Moored Pier 3 NAD Earle, NJ
  07/23 1905  Cdr Catterton reported aboard as Commanind Officer in relief of Captain Perry
  07/26 0800  Commander Catterton relieved Captain Perry as Commanding Officer
    1054  Underway Staten Island, NY
    1309  Moored Pier 9 Tompkinsville Staten Island, NY
  09/25 0954  Underway Naval Shipyard Boston, MA
    1445  Moored Pier 5 US Naval Shipyard Boston, MA
  09/30 0830  Commenced unloading ship's ammunition
  11/13 1510  Underway for Dry Dock #2
    1530  Moored Dry Dock #2 Naval Shipyard Boston, MA
    1639  Ship resting on keel blocks
  11/20 0800  Commenced undocking
    1057  Underway, clear of dock
    1112  Moored Pier 5
  12/18 0934  Shifted berths to Pier 8 Naval Shipyard Boston, MA
  12/29 0941  Shifted berths to Commonwealth Pier 1, East Boston, MA
 
1947 - 1949 Under Construction
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Last updated: 6/1/05