Broadside view of USS Deimos (AK-78) underway off San Francisco, 26 January 1943.
|Ordered:||as a Type EC2-S-C1 hull, MCE hull 513|
|Builder:||Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California|
|Laid down:||27 November 1942|
|Launched:||28 December 1942|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Marie Moyer|
|Acquired:||7 January 1943|
|Commissioned:||23 January 1943|
|1 × battle star|
|Fate:||Damaged by torpedo, 23 June 1943|
|Status:||Abandoned and scuttled by gun fire from O'Bannon|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Crater-class cargo ship|
|Length:||441 ft 6 in (134.57 m)|
|Beam:||56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)|
|Draft:||28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)|
|Speed:||12.5 kn (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph)|
Deimos was laid down 27 November 1942, as liberty ship SS Hugh McCulloch, renamed SS Chief Ouray, MCE hull 513, by Permanente Metals Corporation, Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission (MARCOM) contract. Deimos was launched on 28 December 1942 and sponsored by Mrs. Marie Moyer. Deimos was transferred to the Navy on 7 January 1943, and commissioned 23 January 1943, with Lieutenant Commander Walter L. Sorenson, USNR, in command.
Deimos sailed from San Francisco 27 January 1943, with cargo for Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and Townsville, Australia. She arrived at Nouméa, New Caledonia, 23 May, to load cargo which she delivered to Guadalcanal in June. Returning to her base, she was torpedoed on 23 June, on the port side, aft. Efforts to save her failed. She was finally abandoned and sunk by gunfire from O'Bannon (DD-450) at Coordinates: .