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USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246)
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USAT Col. William J. O'Brien (1946 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Sierra - Uniform
NSSU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 January 1945, as MV Maiden's Eye, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 2323) at Consolidated Steel Corp., Long Beach, CA.
  • Launched, 13 February 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 10 April 1945
  • Turned over to the US Army and commissioned USAT Col. William J O'Brien, 11 July 1946
  • Decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246)
  • Placed out of service in the 1960s
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 September 1973
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 9 November 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in the Netherlands to B.V. Intershitra, 9 November 1973
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,474 t.(lt) 6,240 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 9"
    Beam 50' 3"
    Draft 16' 10"
    Speed 10.7 kts.
    Complement 62
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Col William J O'Brien 96k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) moored pierside in either Greenland or Iceland, date unknown. Photo by Russell Hall. Jim Hall for his father Russell Hall
    Col William J O'Brien 52k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Valashinas
    Col William J O'Brien 218k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Col William J O'Brien 54k USNS Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246) moored outboard of USNS Curtis F. Shoup (T-AG-175) at Malta, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Retl.

    Col. William J. O'Brien (T-AK-246)
    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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