USS Orizaba was a transport ship for the U.S. Navy in World War I and
World War II, first commissioned on 27 May 1918. Orizaba made 15
transatlantic voyages for the Navy carrying troops to and from Europe in
World War I with the second-shortest average in-port turnaround time of
all Navy transports. The ship was turned over to the War Department in
1919 for use as Army transport USAT Orizaba. After the war, the
troopship reverted to the Ward Line, her previous owners. In World War
II the ship was requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration and
again assigned to the War Department, but was soon transferred to the
U.S. Navy as USS Orizaba (AP-24). The ship made several transatlantic
runs, was damaged in an air attack in the Allied invasion of Sicily,
made trips to South America, and served in the Pacific Theatre. In June
1945 the ship was transferred under Lend-Lease to the Brazilian Navy,
where she served as Duque de Caxias (U-11). Permanently transferred to
Brazil in 1953, the ship was decommissioned in 1959 and scrapped in
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