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USS Provo Victory (AK-228)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - Kilo
NXUK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 28 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 537), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 9 September 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 18 October 1944 and commissioned USS Provo Victory (AK-228), LCDR. John Edwin Johansen, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Provo Victory was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1946, at Seattle, WA., and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Chartered by the Maritime Commission, 9 May 1947, to Pope and Talbot Inc.
    Chartered by the Maritime Commission, 26 July 1948, to Luckenbach Steamship Co.
    Returned to the Maritime Administration,15 September 1949, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
    Chartered by the Maritime Administration, 12 August 1950, to American Foreign Steamship Corp.
    Returned to the Maritime Administration, 19 November 1953, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
  • Final Disposition, 10 February 1984, traded out for scrapping to Nissho-Iwi Corp. Toyko, Japan
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 6,000shp

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    Provo Victory 213k Ex-USS Provo Victory (AK-228) in Pope & Talbot colors. As Lloyd's Index of 1948 states Pope having been the charterer then (in the early Fifties it was American Foreign), this picture dates apparently from 1948. Copyright is (or was) with US Marine Historian William Schell. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Provo Victory (AK-228)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Johansen, John Edwin, USNR18 October 1944 - 10 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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    Last Updated 11 April 2014