USS Talita (AKS-8)

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Career (USA)
Ordered: As SS Jonathan Jennings
Builder: Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation
Laid down: 23 April 1943
Launched: 12 May 1943
Acquired: 5 November 1943
Commissioned: 4 March 1944
Decommissioned: 9 April 1946
Struck: 17 July 1947
Fate: Transferred to Maritime Commission on 9 July 1947
General characteristics
Class & type: Acubens-class stores ship
Displacement: 14,350 tons
Length: 441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)
Beam: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
Draft: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
Speed: 12.5 knots
Complement: 214
Armament: 1 x 5", 1 x 3"

USS Talita (AKS-8), an Acubens-class stores ship, is the only ship of the United States Navy to have this name.

Talita was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract as liberty ship SS Jonathan Jennings (MCE hull 2012) on 23 April 1943 at Portland, Oregon, by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation; launched on 12 May 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Paul Ryolfson; acquired by the Navy on a bare boat basis from the War Shipping Administration on 5 November 1943; renamed Talita on 13 November 1943; and commissioned on 4 March 1944.

After her conversion into a stores issue ship was completed on 4 March 1944 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Florida, she was fitted out and put to sea for a short shakedown cruise. Talita got underway from Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, on 1 May bound for the New Hebrides. However, she was diverted to the Solomons and arrived at Guadalcanal on 1 June. After issuing stores there, she proceeded to the New Hebrides.

Talita departed Espiritu Santo on 11 July, reached Eniwetok after a nine-day voyage, and returned to Espiritu Santo on 11 September. She continued resupply runs from there to Majuro, Eniwetok, Ulithi, and Manus until early March 1945 when she headed for the United States.

Talita arrived at San Francisco on 23 March for an overhaul and sailed one month later for the South Pacific. After calling at Pearl Harbor, she shuttled supplies between Eniwetok, Ulithi, Leyte, and Manus until 20 September when she sailed for the Ryukyus. The ship remained at Okinawa from 25 September to 2 October when she got underway for Japan. After offloading supplies at Wakayama, Hiro Wan, and Matsuyama, she returned to Pearl Harbor on 12 November. The next day, she headed for San Francisco.

Talita remained there from 21 November 1945 to 17 February 1946 when she sailed for Hawaii. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 25 February, was decommissioned on 9 April, and towed back to San Francisco for disposal. Talita was transferred to the Maritime Commission on 9 July and struck from the Navy list on 17 July 1947.

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