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USNS Victoria (T-AK-281)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Victor - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Norwalk Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 20 January 1944, as SS Ethiopia Victory a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV 526), at Richmond, CA., by the Permanente Metals Corp., Shipbuilding Division
Launched, 20 April 1944
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 17 July 1944, for operation by Agwilines Inc.
Chartered by Waterman SS Corp., 19 July 1946
To A. L. Bank & Co., 10 August 1948, for deactivation
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up, 28 July 1950 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Wilmington, N. C.
Reactivated and chartered by Marine Navigation Co., 24 August 1950
Deactivated and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 4 September 1952
Reactivated and chartered by Olympic SS Corp., 26 March 1953
Deactivated and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N. Y., 6 October 1953
Reactivate and chartered by American Export Lines, 6 February 1957
Deactivated and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N. Y., 25 September 1957
Acquired by the US Navy, 18 August 1964
Converted to provide support services for the advanced FBM bases at Holy Loch and Rota at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Renamed and designated USNS Victoria (T-AK-281), 22 May 1965
Placed in service in October 1965
Placed out of service, 18 August 1964, and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1986
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 October 1987, to An-hsiung-Iron Steel Co.
Displacement 6,700 t.(lt) 11,199 t.(fl)
Length 455' 3"
Speed 19.7 kts.
Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp
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||USNS Victoria (T-AK-281) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from MSTS Mariner Magazine
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||USNS Victoria (T-AK-281) underway in 1967, location unknown.
US Navy photo from 1967-68 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships."
USNS Victoria (T-AK-281)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 17 October 2014
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