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USNS Sebec (T-AO-87)
USS Sebec (AO-87) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - India - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 20 May 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1266) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 29 July 1943
  • Delivered to Kaiser Swan Island Yard, Portland, OR., for completion and conversion to a Fleet Oiler
  • Commissioned USS Sebec (AO-87), 29 March 1944, LCDR. Howard M. Elder, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Sebec was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Tinian occupation and capture, 20 July to 10 August 1944 Luzon operation
    North Luzon and Formosa attacks, 11 to 14 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 28 July 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto, 2 April to 11 June 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Raids on Volcano-Bonin Islands and Yap Island, 31 August to 8 September 1944
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Luzon attacks, 15 and 18 to 19 October 1944
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 23 July and 9 to 15 August 1945

  • Following World War II USS Sebec was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 13 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 7 February 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 26 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
  • Leased to Pacific Tankers Inc., 31 October 1946, for service with the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
  • Reinstated in the Naval Register, 28 April 1950
  • USS Sebec earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Sebec (T-AO-87)
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, 22 December 1955
  • Reinstated in the Naval Register, 21 July 1956, again assigned to MSTS, and placed in service as USNS Sebec (T-AO-87) to be operated under contract for MSTS by the Joshua Hendy Corp.
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and returned to MARAD, 3 September 1957, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. Group
  • Acquired by the US Army, 9 June 1966 and converted to a floating power station for Vietnam service at Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Final Disposition, title transferred to MARAD for the US Army and subsequently sold for scrapping, 9 September 1974, to Dongkuk Steel Co., Ltd., Seoul, South Korea
    Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 15.1 kts,
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 245
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox D-type boilers, 600psi, 825°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 85Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 10,000shp

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    SS Sebec (War Shipping Administration)
    Sebec 68k Invitation to the Thursday 29 July 1943 launching of SS Sebec at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
    US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Sebec 56k SS Sebec after launching, 39 July 1943, at Marinship, Sausalito, CA. being maneuvered by tugs into her fitting out berth.
    US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Ocklawaha 71k Sebec (left) and Ocklawaha (right), fitting out, circa 1943-44, after launching at Marinship, Sausalito, CA. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Sebec 81k USS Sebec (AO-87) at anchor probably off her conversion yard, Kaiser Swan Island Yard, Portland, OR., soon after completion as a Fleet Tanker
    US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Sebec 80k
    USS Sebec (AO-87)
    Sebec 1101k USS Sebec (AO-87) underway off the coast of California, 28 May 1944.
    US Navy photo taken from an airship belonging to Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP 31), NAS Santa Ana, CA.
    David Buell
    Sebec 877k USS Sebec (AO-87) refueling an Escort Carrier (CVE) at sea, 2 October 1944. The carrier is possibly USS Kitkun Bay (CVE-71), ten days before the Battle of Leyte Gulf.
    BuAer photo # 249014,
    David Buell
    Sebec 70k Stern view of USS Sebec (AO-87) at anchor date and location unknown. She is probably wearing Measure 32 patterned camouflage. US Navy photo, courtesy Floating Drydock. Robert Hurst

    USS Sebec (AO-87)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Elder, Howard Mason, USNR29 March 1944 - December 1945
    02LCDR. Ryan, A. J., USNRDecember 1945 - 7 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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