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USNS Mission Buenaventura (T-AO-111)
International Radio Call Sign:
Mission Buenaventura (AO-111) (1949 - 1960)
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"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
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 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
||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
Last Updated 12 February 2021
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