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USNS Laurentia (T-AF-44)
USAT Laurentia (1946 - 1950)
USS Laurentia (AF-44) (1945 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Juliet - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Adria Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 October 1944, as MV Wall and Crown a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2206) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
  • Launched, 12 December 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 19 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Laurentia (AF-44), 5 June 1945, LT. John Janus in command
  • During World War II USS Laurentia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Laurentia was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 6 January to 15 April 1946
  • Decommissioned, 18 June 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 6 November 1946, for assignment to the US Army
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Placed in commission by the US Army as USAT Laurentia, 4 November 1946
  • Re-acquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1950, placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Laurentia (T-AF-44)
  • Placed out of service, 2 December 1969 and turned over to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title passed to the Maritime Administration, 19 February 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, broken up for scrapping, 14 June 1973, to China Dismantled Vessel Trading Corp., for scrapping in Taiwan, delivered, 10 July 1973.
    Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 74
    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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    Laurentia 112k USS Laurentia (AF-44) under way circa 1944-45, location unknown.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 81399. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1974.
    Mike Green

    USS Laurentia (AF-44)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Janus, John5 June 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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