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USS Jason (AV-2)
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USS Jason (AC-12) (1920 - 1930)
USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) (1913 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal (with Armed Guard clasp) - Yangtze Service Medal

Jason Class Collier:
  • Laid down, 20 March 1912, at Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 16 November 1912
  • Commissioned USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12), 26 June 1913
  • Designated USS Jason (AC-12), 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified Seaplane Tender USS Jason (AV-2), 21 January 1930
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1932, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 May 1936
  • Final Disposition, sold 29 July 1936, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 19,250 t.
    Length 536'
    Beam 65'
    Draft 27' 8"
    Speed 14.3 kts.
    AC Complement 82
    Armament four 4" gun mounts
    Propulsion coal fired steam turbine, single propeller

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    USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) (AC-12)
    Jason 74k Jason (Fuel Ship #12) afloat just after launching, at Maryland Steel Co., Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD., 16 November 1912. Tugs are en route to take her to the fitting out berth.
    US Navy photo # NH 52193 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, donation of Mrs. William E. Votruba, 1990
    Robert Hurst
    Jason 86k USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) underway soon after being completed, circa mid-1913.
    US Navy photo # NH 52193 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 91k USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) alongside Pier B at the Key West Naval Station, FL., 1 October 1913. The motor boat Lilla is among the small craft in the foreground. Note the elaborate coal handling gear on this pier.
    US Navy photo # NH 52194 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 120k USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) underway, 14 November 1914, location unknown.
    Library of Congress, LC-B2- 3291-3
    Mike Green
    Jason 54k USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) (the Christmas Ship). Jason arrives at Falmouth, England in November 1914 with a cargo of coal for the armored cruisers USS Tennessee and USS North Carolina and Christmas for the children of Europe. The presents were collected from all parts of the United States through the instrumentality of about 150 dally newspaper.
    US Navy photo from the "Army and Navy Register", January 2, 1915" Vol. LVII No. 1798.
    Ron Reeves
    Jason 71k A halftone image of USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) taken prior to World War I, circa 1913-1917.
    Copied from the book United States Navy Illustrated, published in New York, 1917. US Navy photo # NH 79486 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 170k USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) at New York Navy Yard, 10 May 1918, loading aviation material for transportation to Inverness, Scotland. The Navy's large colliers were often used to carry oversized or priority general cargoes to Europe during World War I. Note the 4"/50 gun on her forecastle.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 9. Photo No. 19-N-1809, ex 7-21-19 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Jason 73k USS Jason (Fuel Ship #12) underway probably in the Adriatic Sea, circa 1919.
    US Navy photo # NH 390 by R.E. Wayne from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 100k USS Jason (AC-12) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, TH., with a deckload of Douglas DT-2 aircraft (of Torpedo Squadron Two), 18 July 1923.
    Note the radio towers in the background.
    US Navy photo # NH 52195 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 79k USS Jason (AC-12) with a Martin SC-2 aircraft (of Torpedo Squadron Four) on deck, during the middle or later 1920s. Note the aviation star insignia on USS Jason's bow.
    US Navy photo # NH 52197 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 119k USS Jason (AC-12) entering Gatun Lock, Panama Canal, with a deck load of seaplane barges, during the early 1920s. The barges are (from the front) YV-21, YV-23 and YV-24.
    US Navy photo # NH 78281 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy Donald M. McPherson, 1973.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 68k USS Jason (AC-12) or USS Orion (AC-11) at a Caribbean area base, probably the Coco Solo Submarine Base, Panama Canal Zone, circa the mid-1920s. USS O-2 (SS-63) is at right.
    US Navy photo # NH 100770 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy Paul H. Silverstone, 1986.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 71k USS Jason (AC-12) at Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1924. Several submarines are in the foreground, including from (left to right):
    USS S-19 (SS-124);
    USS O-9 (SS-70);
    USS R-26 (SS-103) ---probably -- and
    USS O-2 (SS-63).
    US Navy photo # NH 102780 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy of Chief Boatswain's Mate George Behrens, USN, (Retired), 1974.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Jason (AV-2)
    Jason 153k USS Jason (AV-2)'s well deck, port side looking forward, in Far Eastern waters, circa 1931-1932. Planes on deck are Martin T4M-1s of Torpedo Squadron Five.
    US Navy photo # NH 94175 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Lieutenant Oscar W. Levy, USN (Supply Corps), (Retired).
    Robert Hurst
    Jason 101k USS Jason is off in the left distance as a Vought O2U-3 or O2U-4 Corsair float plane of Scouting Squadron Eleven is catapulted from USS Houston (CA-30), in Far Eastern waters, circa 1931-1932.
    US Navy photo # NH 94188 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Lieutenant Oscar W. Levy, USN (Supply Corps), (Retired).
    Robert Hurst
    Jason 102k USS Jason (AV-2) in Far Eastern waters, circa 1931-1932. She has two Martin T4M-1s of Torpedo Squadron Five on board.
    US Navy photo # NH 94178 from the collection of LT. Oscar W. Levy, USN (SC), (Ret.), located at the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 121k A Vought O2U "Corsair" float plane flies over the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, circa 1930. The seaplane tender USS Jason (AV-2) is docked at the yard, directly below the plane. Sangley Point Naval Radio Station is in the background.
    US Navy photo # NH 52196 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 73k USS Jason (AV-2) in the Dewey Drydock, at Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 8 March 1932.
    US National Archives photo # 80-CF-22672-3 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 112k USS Jason (AV-2) in the Dewey Drydock, at Olongapo, Philippine Islands, 9 March 1932. USS Canopus (AS-9) is in the upper right, with four submarines moored alongside. The outboard submarine is USS S-38 (SS-143).
    US National Archives photo # 80-CF-22672-1 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Jason 108k USS Jason (AV-2) coaling from barge YC-479 (or YC-473 ?) at Pearl Harbor, H.T., 29 April 1932, just before she made her final voyage to the U.S. West Coast. Several Martin T4M-1 torpedo planes are on her deck, amidships.
    US National Archive photo # 80-G-410001 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    CV-3 Saratoga 134k Identifiable ships in this photo possibly at Puget Sound circa 1933 are, from left to right: U.S. Crane Ship No. 1, ex-USS Kearsarge (BB-5); seaplane tender USS Jason (AV-2); one of the Colorado-class battleships, possibly USS West Virginia (BB-48), in the dry dock; and a Pennsylvania-class battleship along the pier. The aircraft carrier in the photo is USS Saratoga (CV-3). Note the "SARA" on the flight deck aft. US Navy photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels.
    Photo and partial text courtesy of Chris Hoehn and David C. Nilsen
    Commercial Service
    Jason 158k Ex-USS Jason (AV-2) in commercial service as SS Jason photographed, 26 May 1943 by a blimp based at NAS Weeksville, N.C, after her conversion to a commercial bulk carrier. Her naval coaling gear has been replaced with a modern self-loader, but the overall layout of the Navy collier remains, including the bridge forward and twin smokestacks.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo # 80-G-68138, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Jason (AC-12 / AV-2)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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