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New Bedford (IX-308 )
USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) (1950 - ?)
US Army FS-289 (1944 - 1950)

USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) previously served as US ArmyFS-267
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding, Whitestone, N.Y.
  • Delivered to the US Army in 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 July 1950
  • Placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17), 1961
  • Placed out of service in 1963
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Unclassified, (IX-308), date unknown
  • New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 4 April 1995
  • Sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, for commercial service, 11 June 1996
  • Current Disposition, tuna longliner (fishing boat) F/V Sea Bird out of San Diego, CA.
    Displacement 414 t.(lt) 940 t.(fl)
    Length 177'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines, twin screws

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    USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17)
    AKL-17 85k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Carl R Friberg Jr
    AKL-17 81k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) delivers supplies to the US Air Force manned Texas Tower No. 2 at Georges Bank, circa May 1956 to January 1963.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    AKL-17 86k USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17) under way, in 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    New Bedford (IX-308)
    AKL-17 85k New Bedford (IX-308) firing a torpedo in Puget Sound, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    AKL-17 56k New Bedford (IX-308) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Commercial Service
    AKL-17 56k Ex-New Bedford (T-AKL-17) in commercial use as the tuna longliner F/V Sea Bird moored pierside at Sea Port Village, San Diego, CA., August 2003. Photo by Joe Schimka
    AKL-17 31k F/V Sea Bird moored pierside, date and place unknown. Haze Gray and Underway
    AKL-17 194k Stern view of F/V Sea Bird moored pierside at San Diego, CA., May 2007. Dewayne Day
    AKL-17 69k Broadside view of F/V Sea Bird moored pierside at San Diego, CA., May 2007. Dewayne Day

    There is no DANFS history available for New Bedford (T-AKL-17) at NavSource.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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