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USNS Asterion (T-AF-63)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Kilo - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
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 General Agency 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
Displacement 12,130 t.(fl)
Length 455' 2"
Draft 28' 6"
Speed 17 kts.
Complement 56 civilian mariners
Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8,500hp.
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| Merchant Service
American President Lines
Pope & Talbot Steamship Co.
||SS Arcadia Victory under way with a tug alongside, date and location unknown.
||Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
|USNS Asterion (T-AF-63)
||USNS Asterion (T-AF-63) underway with a tug alongside, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||USNS Asterion (T-AF-63) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the 1968-69 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
||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.
USNS Asterion (AF-63)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 5 February 2016
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