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USNS Soubarissen (T-AO-93)
International Radio Call Sign:
Soubarissen (AO-93) (1948 - 1949)
USS Soubarissen (AO-93) (1945 - 1948)
November - Kilo - Juliet - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 19 June 1944, as, SS Mission Santa Ana, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1828) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 12 August 1944
Commissioned USS Soubarissen (AO-93), 5 January 1945, CDR. William H. Fogarty, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Soubarissen was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 15 June 1945
5th Fleet and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operations, 14 to 18 May 1945
Following World War II USS Soubarissen performed Occupation service and China service for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 to 16 September 1945||23 December 1945 to 11 March 1946
|26 September to 13 October 1945||
|20 to 23 October 1945||
|2 to 17 November 1945||
|24 November to 17 December 1945||
|23 December 1945 to 11 March 1946||
Decommissioned in May 1946, at Mobile , AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 May 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
Reacquired by the Navy, 19 February 1948
Assigned to the Navy Transportation Service (NTS) as Soubarissen (AO-93) chartered to Marine Transport Lines, Inc., for operations
Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Soubarissen (T-AO-93)
Placed out of service, 19 April 1955 and transferred to Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Reactivated, 6 July 1956 and placed in service by MSTS
Placed out of service, 29 December 1958 nd transferred to Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
USS Soubarissen earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 April 1982, to Eckhart & Co., (MARAD Trade-In and Exchange Program)
Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 14,700 DWT
Water 99,750 Bbls (WWII)
Oil 120,400 Bbls
Gasoline 575,000 Gals
Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,080 Bbls
one General Electric turbo-electric engine
two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 600psi 825°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 85Kw 120V D.C.
two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 50Kw 450V A.C.
single propeller, 10,000shp
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||Soubarissen (AO-93) launching at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA., 12 August 1944.
US Maritime Commission photo
||Mid-ships views USS Soubarissen (AO-93) undergoing a shipyard availability at Bethlehem Steel Ship Yard, San Francisco, 13 January 1945. The destroyers in the shipyard are unidentified.
US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-90905 and 19-N-90906 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
||USS Soubarissen (AO-93) near the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, 20 January 1945. The last four ships of this
class, plus the two converted to distilling ships (AW 3-4), had funnels that were larger than those in the first batch. They resembled the stacks of the Sun-built
US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo No. 19-N-91483, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Soubarissen (AO-93) near San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, 20 January 1945.
US National Archives,
RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-91485, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS / USNS Soubarissen (AO-93 / T-AO-93)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Fogarty, William Howard USNR||5 January 1945 - May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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Last Updated 11 December 2015
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