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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Oscar - Victor
NHOV
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
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 December 1973, to Max Wender of Detroit, MI, delivered, 13 December 1973
    Specifications:
    Displacement 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armament none
    Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp

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    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)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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