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

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
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
  • Merchant Service
    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
    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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    SS Mission Carmel (War Shipping Administration)
    Mission Carmel 72k SS Mission Carmel under way in San Francisco Bay for builders trials, circa May 1944.
    US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Seatrain Corp.
    Mission Carmel 331k Ex-USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113) while in service as the Sea-Land container carrier SS Houston under way on the Weser River departing Bremen, Germany in April 1968. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Mission Carmel 102k Sea-Land container carrier SS Houston under way, date and location unknown.
    Courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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