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USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Bravo - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Alstede Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Bald Eagle a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 186) at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 28 May 1943
  • Operated by United States Lines under GAA agreement, 28 May 1943
  • Chartered to Pacific Far East Lines, 4 September 1946
  • Operated by Black Diamond SS. Corp., under GAA agreement, 24 July 1947
  • Operated by American Hawaii SS. Corp., under GAA agreement, 27 July 1948
  • Laid up, 30 July 1948 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Acquired by the US Army Transportation Service, 1 October 1948
  • Transferred the US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service as USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50)
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 16 July 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Permanent title transfer to MARAD, 1 September 1971
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 June 1973, under MARAD contract PD-X-954 of 1 March 1973, for $75,666.66 to Andy International Corp.
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,893 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 9"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 64
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross-compound turbine, single propeller, 6.000shp

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    Merchant Service Black Diamond Line
    Bald Eagle 68k SS Bald Eagle in the service of the Black Diamond Line, circa 1947-1948, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50)
    Bald Eagle 69k USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50) under way, date and location unknown. Carl R. Friberg Jr., Master USNS Bald Eagle
    Bald Eagle 66k USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, , April 1963. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Bald Eagle 37k USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50) under way with tug alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Bald Eagle 24k USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50) under way date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    There is no DANFS history available for Bald Eagle (T-AF-50) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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