USS Elba (AG-132)

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Union Navy Jack United States
Name: USS Elba
Namesake: An island off the coast of Georgia
Builder: Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, New York
Laid down: date unknown as U.S. Army FS-267 for the U.S. Army
Launched: date unknown
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 14 March 1947, at Apra Harbor, Guam
Commissioned: 3 July 1947 as USS Elba (AG-132)
Decommissioned: 27 July 1951 at Guam
Reclassified: AKL-3, 31 March 1949
Struck: date unknown
Fate: transferred to the U.S. Department of the Interior (date unknown)
General characteristics
Type: Camano-class cargo ship
Displacement: 550 tons
Length: 177'
Beam: 33'
Draft: 10'
Propulsion: two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 42 officers and enlisted
Armament: not known

USS Elba (AG-132/AKL-3) was a Camano-class cargo ship constructed for the U.S. Army as USA FS-267 shortly before the end of World War II and later acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1947. She was configured as a transport and cargo ship and was assigned to serve the World War II Trust Territories in the Pacific Ocean.

Built on Long Island, New York[edit]

Elba (AG-132) was built in 1944 by Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, Long Island, New York, for the Army as FS-267; acquired by the Navy at Guam 14 March 1947; renamed and commissioned 3 July 1947, Lieutenant (junior grade) G. Rhys in command. She was reclassified AKL-3, 31 March 1949.

Serving the Pacific Trust Territories[edit]

From her base at Guam, Elba, during her brief service, steadily carried passengers, mail, cargo and Government officials among the Caroline Islands, the Mariana Islands, the Marshall Islands, and the Palau Islands.

She operated under Commander, Service Division 51. With time out for two brief overhauls at Pearl Harbor, Elba faithfully served the administration of the Pacific Trust Territory in the Marianas, Carolines and Marshalls, even for a time after decommissioning 27 July 1951 at Guam.

Transferred to Department of the Interior[edit]

She was transferred 29 January 1952 to the U.S. Department of the Interior. She was struck from the Navy List at an unknown date, and her subsequent fate is not recorded.