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USNS Sebec (T-AO-87)
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USS Sebec (AO-87) (1944 - 1946)
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 Mason Elder, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Sebec was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Tinian occupation and capture, 20 July to 10 August 1944
North Luzon and Formosa attacks, 11 to 14 October 1944
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 1845
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
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
USS Sebec earned six battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts,
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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||Sebec (AO-87) (left) and Ocklawaha (AO-84) (right), fitting out, circa 1943-44, after launching at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
||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.
||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,
||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.
USS Sebec (AO-87)
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