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US Army FS-407 (1945 - 1950)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Oscar - Mike

USNS T-AKL-31 previously served as USAT FS-407
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as FS-407 for the US Army at Hickinbotham Bros. Stockton, CA.
  • Delivered in 1944 to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • During World War II FS-407 was manned by the US Coast Guard for the US Army Transportation Service
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 1 November 1950, and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS AKL-31 (T-AKL-31) with MSTSWESTPAC
  • USNS AKL-31 operated out of Naha carrying passengers and cargo to USAF Radar Sites on the islands of Kume, Miyake and Ishigaki. (William T. Lyons Master USNS-AKL-31, 11 April to 29 June 1955)
  • Placed out of Service (date unknown)
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Transferred to the Department of the Interior, Government of the Pacific Trust Territories, 1975, renamed M/V Robert De Brum
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 42
    two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines
    twin screws

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    AKL-31 64k T-AKL-31 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    AKL-31 40k T-AKL-31 under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    AKL-31 59k T-AKL-31, at Okinawa, new crew boarding prior to transfer from US Naval custody to Government of the Pacific Trust Territories, 1975. University of Hawaii, reel 3441-02

    There is no DANFS History currently available for USNS AKL-31 (T-AKL-31) available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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