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USNS Fentress (T-AK-180)
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USS Fentress (AK-180) (1945 - 1950)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Quebec
NEKQ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Nation Defense Service Medal


Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2376) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 10 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Fentress (AK-180), 4 May 1945, LT. George T. Malley, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Fentress was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 20 February 1946, returned to the War Shipping Administration and transferred to the War Department
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Reacquired by the Navy and assigned to MSTS; Placed in service as USNS Fentress (T-AK-180), 1 July 1950
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1973
  • Transferred, 21 November 1973, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred, loaned, 20 July 1974, to the Government of the Pacific Trust Territories, reflagged Micronesian
  • Permanent transfer, 4 July 1982, to the Government of the Marshall Islands
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5kts
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu. ft.
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    Fentress 83k MV Fentress underway probably while owned by the Government of the Marshall Islands, circa 1982 or later. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Fentress 64k

    USS Fentress (AK-180) / USNS Fentress (T-AK-180)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Malley, George Thomas4 May 1945 - 20 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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