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USNS Bondia (T-AF-42)
International Radio Call Sign:
USAT Flemish Bend (1947 - 1951)
USS Bondia (AF-42) (1945 - 1946)
November - Victor - November - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Adria Class Stores Ship:
Laid down, 18 September 1944, as M/V Flemish Bend, a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2204) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
Launched, 9 November 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 31 March 1945
Commissioned, USS Bondia (AF-42), 17 April 1945, LT. Milton L. Austin, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Bondia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Bondia was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|22 April to 13 June 1946||22 April to 13 June 1946
Decommissioned, 29 July 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day, name reverted to SS Flemish Bend
Leased To Matson Navigation Co., 29 July 1946
Leased to the War Department 30 July 1947 and commissioned USAT Flemish Bend
Re-acquired from the Maritime Commission, 27 July 1951, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Bondia (T-AF-42)
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1973
Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal, 9 November 1973
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 November 1973 to Chi Shun Hua Steel Co. (LTD.), Taiwan
Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
Length 338' 6"
Speed 12 kts. (max)
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
Non-refrigerated - 47,610 Cu ft
Refrigerated - 114,580 Cu ft
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity - Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel TSM engine
three 250Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,700shp
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||USNS Bondia (T-AF-42) moored pierside at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 1971
||USNS Bondia (T-AF-42) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Carl R. Friberg Jr.
||USNS Bondia (T-AF-42) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
||USNS Bondia (T-AF-42) underway in 1965, location unknown.
Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1966-67, courtesy of Skyfotos.
USS Bondia (AF-42)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Austin, Milton L., USNR||17 April 1945 - 4 December 1945|
|02||LTjg. Rankert, Edward Henry, USN||4 December 1945 - 29 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Postal Covers related to the ship
Last Updated 24 December 2020
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