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USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
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Mission Carmel (AO-113) (1947 - 1949)

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

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National Defense Service Medal


Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 1 January 1944, as SS Mission Carmel, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1815) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 28 March 1944
  • Delivered to Pacific Tankers, Inc., 17 May 1944, for operation under GAA agreement for the War Shipping Administration
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 April 1946, at Portland, OR., for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 October 1947, designated Mission Carmel (AO-113) and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
  • Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and Redesignated USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 25 October 1957
  • Title exchange 29 May 1967, to Sea-Land Service Inc.
  • Converted to a container ship and renamed SS Houston, 28 October 1967
  • Sold to Litton Industries Leasing Corp., 7 November 1967
  • Resold, 28 February 1975 to Reynolds Leasing Corp.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 September 1983, to Eastern Overseas Corp., scrapped in Spain
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52 mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp

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    Mission Carmel 331k Ex-USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113) while in service as the Sea-Land container carrier SS Houston underway on the Weser River departing Bremen, Germany in April 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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