USS Orion (AS 18)
Submarine tender of the Fulton class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Moore Dry Dock Co. (Oakland, California, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||30 Dec 1940|
|Laid down||31 Jul 1941|
|Launched||24 Jun 1942|
|Commissioned||30 Sep 1943|
|End service||3 Sep 1993|
Decommissioned and stricken on 3 September 1993.
Commands listed for USS Orion (AS 18)
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|1||T/Capt. Clayton Shadek Isgrig, USN||30 Sep 1943||10 Jul 1944 (1)|
|2||Lt.Cdr. George Leonard Shane, Jr., USN||10 Jul 1944||27 May 1945 (1)|
|3||T/Capt. Edward Robert Hannon, USN||27 May 1945||11 Jun 1947 (1)|
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Notable events involving Orion include:
23 Dec 1943
Around 0600L/23, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) departed Brisbane to make rendezvous with the submarine tender USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) and her current escort USS Harmon (Lt.Cdr. K.E. Read, USNR).
Rendezvous was effected in position 26°32'S, 156°16'E around 1800K/23.
USS Harmon then parted company and set course for Noumea.
HMAS Stuart and USS Orion arrived at Brisbane around 1020L/24. (2)
27 Dec 1943
From 27 to 29 December 1943, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) and HMAS Townsville (Lt. A. Farquhar-Smith, RANR(S)) conducted A/S and attack exercises with USS Albacore (T/Cdr. J.W. Blanchard, USN).
HMAS Stuart however parted company around 1005L/28, having been ordered to escort USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) to the vicinity of Sydney. (3)
28 Dec 1943
Around 1400L/28, HMAS Stuart (Lt.Cdr. N.A. Mackinnon, RAN) made rendezvous with USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) off Caloundra.
They parted company around 2100L/29 to the North-East of Sydney. (2)
3 Jan 1944
Around 1100H/3, HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Fremantle to make rendezvous with the submarine tender USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN).
Rendezvous was affected around 0930H/4.
USS Orion and HMAS Adelaide arrived at Fremantle around 0900H/5. (4)
13 Mar 1944
Around 1345H/13, the submarine tenders USS Orion (T/Capt. C.S. Isgrig, USN) and USS Pelias (T/Capt. W. Wakefield, USN) departed Albany to return to Fremantle. They were escorted by the light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN). The submarine rescue vessel USS Chanticleer (T/Cdr. R.E. Hawes, USN) was also with them.
They arrived at Fremantle around 1000H/16. (5)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for December 1943
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Stuart for December 1943 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Townsville for December 1943
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for January 1944
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for March 1944