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USNS Mission Carmel (T-AO-113)
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Mission Carmel (AO-113) (1947 - 1949)
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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
Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
Draft 30' (max)
Speed 16.5 kts.
Complement 52 mariners
Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp
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||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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