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USNS Soubarissen (T-AO-93)
Soubarissen (AO-93) (1948 - 1949)
USS Soubarissen (AO-93) (1945 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 194523 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, 7 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"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 15.1 kts.
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 233
    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 135k Soubarissen (AO-93) launching at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA., 12 August 1944.
    US Maritime Commission photo
    Ron Titus
    226k 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
    93k 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 [USS Pasig (AW-3) and USS Abatan (AW-4)], had funnels that were larger than those in the first batch. They resembled the stacks of the Sun-built T2 tankers.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-91483, US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-91485, both courtesy and US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-94386 US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    19-N-91483 Mike Green
    19-N-91485 Robert Hurst
    19-N-91486 Darryl Baker

    USS / USNS Soubarissen (AO-93 / T-AO-93)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Fogarty, William Howard USNR5 January 1945 - 7 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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