USS Sacandaga

Career (US)
Ordered: as T1M-A2) tanker hull
MC hull 1803
Laid down: 4 August 1944
Launched: 24 September 1944
Commissioned: 9 November 1944
Decommissioned: 23 November 1945
Struck: 5 December 1945
Fate: destroyed by demolition charges
General characteristics
Displacement: 846 tons(lt) 2,270 tons(fl)
Length: 220 ft 6 in
Beam: 37 ft
Draught: 17 ft
Propulsion: Diesel direct drive, single screw, 720 hp
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h)
Capacity: 1,228 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Complement: 62
Armament: one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two 40 mm guns, three single 20 mm gun mounts

USS Sacandaga (AOG-40) was a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of transporting gasoline to warships in the fleet, and to remote Navy stations.

Sacandaga was laid down on 4 August 1944 as MC hull 1803, by the East Coast Shipyard, Inc., Bayonne, New Jersey; launched on 24 September 1944; sponsored by Mrs. B. S. Chappelear; and commissioned on 9 November 1944, Lt. Edwin W. Heister, USNR, in command.

World War II service

After shakedown, Sacandaga departed the U.S. East Coast in January 1945 and proceeded, via the Panama Canal, to the U.S. West Coast. She arrived at San Diego, California, on 3 February and then moved on to Okinawa, stopping briefly at Pearl Harbor, Johnston Island, Eniwetok, and Ulithi.

Arriving at Okinawa on 16 May, she commenced operations under Commander, Service Squadron (ComServRon) 10 supplying aviation fuel to units afloat and ashore.

Destroyed in a typhoon

Sacandaga operated in the Ryukyus, principally at Okinawa and Kerama Retto, until 9 October when, caught in a typhoon, she went aground at Baten Ko, Okinawa. Damaged beyond repair, Sacandaga was abandoned. She was decommissioned on 23 November and struck from the Navy list on 5 December. On 25 January 1946, she was declared a hazard to navigation and destroyed by demolition charges.

Military awards and honors

Sacandaga earned 1 battle star during World War II.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links

  • NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - AOG-40 Sacandaga

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