Allied Warships

USS Ajax (AR 6)

Repair ship of the Vulcan class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeRepair ship
PennantAR 6 
Built byLos Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp. (San Pedro, California, U.S.A.) 
Ordered9 Sep 1940 
Laid down7 May 1941 
Launched22 Aug 1942 
Commissioned3 Oct 1943 
End service31 Dec 1986 

Decommissioned on 31 December 1986
Sticken on 16 May 1989
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 23 May 1997


Commands listed for USS Ajax (AR 6)

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1T/Capt. John Louser Brown, USN3 Oct 194313 Dec 1944 (1)
2T/Cdr. George Carroll Weldin, USN13 Dec 19446 Aug 1945 (1)
3Eric Miller Grimsley, USN6 Aug 194523 Apr 1946 (1)

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Notable events involving Ajax include:

8 Jan 1944
An oil fire in her blacksmith shop caused damaged & threatened to spread to the rest of the ship, but it was brought under control. The ship spent part of January repairing this damage. (2)

Aug 1944
In late August, a bacillary dysentery outbreak began while working off Eniwetok. Ship was quarantined on September 1st, & detached on September 9th to proceed to Kwajalein to fight the epidemic. Quarantine ended on October 10th, & she returned to duty. (2)

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