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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164)
USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239) (1950 - 1961)
USAT Kingsport Victory (1944 - 1950)
SS Kingsport Victory (1944 - 1948)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Zulu - Foxtrot
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 - National Defense Service Medal
Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 4 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MCV hull 20), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles, CA.
Launched, 29 May 1944
Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 12 July 1944, for operation under a GAA contract by American Hawaiian Steamship Co.,
During World War II SS Kingsport Victory served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 September 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Withdrawn from Reserve, 8 August 1948, and assigned, under charter, to the US Army Transport Service
Commissioned USAT Kingsport Victory
Decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239)
Entered Willamette Iron & Steel Co. Shipyard at Portland OR., 24 September 1961, for conversion to a Satellite Communications Ship
Renamed and redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164), 14 November 1961
Further modified at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA. from 1 June 1962 to 1 December 1962
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 31 January 1984
Transferred, 29 August 1984, to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, transferred to the US Navy, Military Sealift Command for scientific research, 1 March 1990
SS Kingsport Victory received one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 4,420 t.(lt) 10,680 t.(fl)
Length 455' 3"
Draft 29' 6"
Speed 16.5 kts.
Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp
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|USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239)
||USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239) underway, circa 1952.
||USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239) moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, 3 April 1961.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
|USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164)
||USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) underway, date and location unknown
||USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) underway, date and location unknown.
||USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) underway while operating for NASA as a satellite communications ship, circa 1963.
||Carl R Friberg Jr, Master USNS Kingsport
||USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) underway, 29 January 1963. The photo shows the 53-foot white plastic dome that protects the 30-foot stabilized parabolic antenna. NASA photo
||USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) underway while operating for NASA as a satellite communications ship.
||William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
President, MSC Retiree Association
||USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|US Naval Historical Center
||US Maritime Commission hull identification plaque for Kingsport Victory and US Navy identification plaque for USNS Kingsport (AG-164)
USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239) / USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164)
Last Updated 9 March 2012
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