USS Cinnamon (AN-50)
|Name:||USS Royal Palm (YN-69)|
|Builder:||Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Company, Stockton, California|
|Laid down:||date unknown|
|Launched:||6 June 1943|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. E. R. Ward|
|Renamed:||Cinnamon, 7 December 1943|
|Completed:||10 January 1944|
|Commissioned:||10 January 1944|
|Reclassified:||AN-50, 20 January 1944|
|Decommissioned:||25 March 1947, at Shanghai, China|
|Homeport:||San Pedro, California|
|one battle star for World War II service|
|Fate:||transferred to Nationalist China through the U.S. State Department|
|Class and type:||Ailanthus-class net laying ship|
|Length:||194 ft 6 in (59.28 m)|
|Beam:||34 ft 7 in (10.54 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft 8 in (3.56 m)|
|Propulsion:||diesel electric, 2,500hp|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||57 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one single 3 in (76 mm) gun mount, four twin 20 mm gun mounts|
USS Cinnamon (AN-50/YN-69) was an Ailanthus-class net laying ship which served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific Ocean theatre of operations during World War II. Her career was without major incident, and she returned home after the war bearing one battle star to her credit.
Launched in California
Cinnamon (YN-69) was launched 6 June 1943 as Royal Palm by Pollock-Stockton Shipbuilding Company, Stockton, California; sponsored by Mrs. E. R. Ward; renamed Cinnamon 7 December 1943; and commissioned 10 January 1944, Lieutenant Commander J. H. Russell, USNR, in command. She was reclassified AN-50 on 20 January 1944.
World War II service
Departing San Diego, California, 6 April 1944, Cinnamon arrived at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 18 May. She supported operations in the New Guinea area until 17 January 1945 when she sailed to Manus and the Philippines, where she remained until 17 November.
She sailed for San Francisco, California, arriving 22 December, and from 8 January to 15 November 1946, Cinnamon operated under Commandant, 11th Naval District out of San Pedro, California. Arriving at Pearl Harbor 25 November 1946, she departed 21 January 1947 and sailed via Wake Island and Guam to Shanghai, arriving 15 March.
Decommissioning in China
Honors and awards
Cinnamon was awarded one battle star for service in World War II.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - YN-69 Royal Palm / Cinnamon - AN-50 Cinnamon