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USNS Asterion (T-AF-63)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Kilo - Oscar
NRKO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Meal


Asterion Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1944, as SS Arcadia Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 41) at California Shipbuilding, Corp. Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 27 July 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for operation under a GAA agreement with American President Lines, 3 September 1944, at Los Angeles, CA.
  • Rechartered/released under various contracts to American President Lines from 2 May 1946 to 19 May 1950
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., 19 May 1950
  • Rechartered to American President Lines, 13 July 1950
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 9 July 1952 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
  • MSTS charter to Pope & Talbot Inc. 31 May 1955
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up, 28 October 1955, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
  • Chartered by Pacific Far East Lines, 16 April 1956
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up, 24 October 1957, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 7 November 1961
  • Renamed Asterion, and classified as Store Ship, AF-63, 4 December 1961
  • Converted for Naval service at Willamette Iron and Steel Co., Portland, OR.
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Asterion (T-AF-63) in September 1962
  • Placed out of service, 8 June 1973, at Yokohama, Japan
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for disposal, 31 August 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 August 1973, to N. W. Kennedy, Ltd., Vancouver, B.C. Canada, broken up in Taiwan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,130 t.(fl)
    Length 455' 2"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 56 civilian mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8,500hp.

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    Asterion 150k USNS Asterion (T-AF-63) underway with a tug alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Asterion 23k USNS Asterion (T-AF-63) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Gunter Krebs
    Asterion 42k USNS Asterion (T-AF-63) steams into San Francisco Bay under her own power after colliding with the Japanese Kokoku Maru in dense fog on 5 May 1963, thirty-five miles north of the Golden Gate. One Japanese crewman was killed and two injured. The remainder of the forty-four man Japanese crew was rescued by the US Coast Guard.
    UPI photo.
    Ron Reeves
    Asterion 29k

    USNS Asterion (AF-63)
    DANFS History entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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