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USNS Mission Buenaventura (T-AO-111)
Mission Buenaventura (AO-111) (1949 - 1960)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Oscar - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 29 March 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 28 May 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 28 June 1944, chartered by Deconhill Shipping Co. for operation
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission in March 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 18 November 1947
  • Assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NOTS), and placed in service as Mission Buenaventura (AO-111)
  • Operational control assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Mission Buenaventura (T-AO-111)
  • Placed out of service, and struck from the Naval Register, 4 April 1960
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Reacquired by the US Navy, and assigned to MSTS control, 10 November 1961 for charter to Mathiasen's Tanker Industries Inc., for operations
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1972
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up the US National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 December 1973 (Maritime Administration contract PD-X-960 of 26 June 1993) for $145,111.00, to Max Wender of Detroit, MI, delivered, 13 December 1973
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
    52 CivMar
    17 US Navy Armed Guard
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,300DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,235 Bbls
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox 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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    Mission Buenaventura
    Mission Basilica San Buenaventura - Is a Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The parish church in the city of Ventura, CA. is a Spanish mission founded by the Order of Friars Minor. Founded on March 31, 1782, it was the ninth Spanish mission established in Alta California and the last to be established by the head of the Franciscan missions in California, Junípero Serra.
    Mission Basilica San Buenaventura, Ventura CA., 1912
    Tommy Trampp
    Mission Buenaventura 59k USNS Mission Buenaventura (T-AO-111), US Navy photo from MSTS Mariner Magazine Carl R. Friberg Jr.

    Mission Buenaventura (T-AO-111)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    National Register Eligibility Assessment
    The Old Mission Basilica San Buenaventura
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