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APPALACHIAN amphibious command ships (1943 - 1944)


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Rocky Mount 1944

Ships


No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
AGC1 Appalachian 242 Federal, Kearny // Todd, Brooklyn 11.1942 29.1.1943 10.1943 stricken 3.1959
AGC2 Blue Ridge 243 Federal, Kearny // Bethlehem, Brooklyn 12/1942 7.3.1943 9.1943 stricken 1.1960
AGC3 Rocky Mount 244 Federal, Kearny // Bethlehem, Hoboken 12.1942 7.3.1943 10.1943 stricken 7.1960
AGC5 Catoctin (ex-Mary Whitridge) 231 Moore, Oakland // Philadelphia N Yd 1942 23.1.1943 1.1944 stricken 12.1959


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

8700

Displacement full, t

13910

Length, m

132.6 wl 140.0 a

Breadth, m

19.2

Draught, m

7.32 full load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

AGC1, 2: 1 set General Electric geared steam turbines, 2 Combustion Engineering boilers

AGC3: 1 set De Laval geared steam turbines, 2 Combustion Engineering boilers

AGC5: 1 set General Electric geared steam turbines, 2 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

6600

Max speed, kts

17

Fuel, t

oil 3305

Endurance, nm(kts)

48460(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 12, 4 x 2 - 40/56 Mk 1.2, 14 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4

Military load

2 LCVP, 4 LCPL, 2 LCPR, 2 LCC, 165 persons of HQ

Electronic equipment

presumably SA or SC or SR, SG or SU, SK, SM or SP radars

Complement

875



Standard scale images


<i>Rocky Mount </i>1944
Rocky Mount 1944
<i>Blue Ridge </i>1955
Blue Ridge 1955


Graphics


<i>Rocky Mount </i>1944
Rocky Mount 1944


Project history

Amphibious command ships (sometimes were called also as command ships) were equipped with a wide set of a communication facility and landing commander operated all the kinds of forces from these ships: from fire support ships till fighter aviation. Majority of AGCs was built in hulls of standard transports of C2 type, except for converted in 1944 six Treasury class Coast Guard cutters and small seaplane tender Biscayne, converted in 1943. Appalachian class ships were converted from C2-S-B1 hulls.

Modernizations

None.

1/1946, all: 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 4 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 14 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 10, SA or SC or SR, SG or SU, SK, SM or SP radars

Naval service

Catoctin was damaged by German aircraft at Southern coast of France 18.8.1944.