USS Xenia (AKA-51)
| USS Xenia (AKA-51)|
|Laid down:||4 May 1945|
|Launched:||27 June 1945|
|Commissioned:||28 July 1945|
|Decommissioned:||13 May 1946|
|Struck:||30 November 1946|
|Fate:||served the Chilean Navy as Presidente Errazuriz,|
|Builder:||Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc.|
|Displacement:||4,087 tons light, 7,080 tons loaded|
|Length:||426 ft (129.8 m)|
|Beam:||58 ft (17.7 m)|
|Draft:||16 ft (4.9 m)|
|Propulsion:|| Steam turbo-electric drive; two boilers, two propellers, |
6,000 shp (4.5 MW)
|Speed:||16.9 knots (31.3 km/h)|
|Complement:||321 (20 officers, 301 men), plus 255 embarked troops|
|Armament:|| 1 × 5"/38 caliber DP gun, |
4 × twin 40 mm AA guns,
16 × 20 mm AA guns
|Boats:|| 14 LCVP, |
USS Xenia (AKA-51), was an Artemis-class attack cargo ship named after the minor planet 625 Xenia, which was named after the Greek word for hospitality. She served as a commissioned ship for 9 months.
Xenia was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1912) on 4 May 1945 at Providence, R.I., by the Walsh-Kaiser Co., Inc.; launched on 27 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Roger W. Armstrong; and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 28 July 1945, LCDR G. B. Service, USNR, in command.
Shortly after the ship was commissioned, the town of Xenia, Ohio offered to adopt her.
Following shakedown, Xenia operated off the east coast with Service Force, Atlantic Fleet, from September 1945 until 17 April 1946, when she reported to the Commandant, 3d Naval District, New York, N.Y., for disposal. Decommissioned on 13 May 1946, Xenia was struck from the Navy list on 30 November 1946 and subsequently transferred to the government of Chile. Renamed Presidente Errazuriz, she served the Chilean Navy, for a time serving as fleet flagship, until 1962.
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Primary source for this article)