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USNS Mission Dolores (T-AO-115)
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Mission Dolores (AO-115) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Papa - Bravo
NHPB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal


Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 18 February 1944, as SS Mission Dolores, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1818) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 26 April 1944
  • Delivered to Pacific Tankers, Inc, 31 May 1944, at Sausalito, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 17 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA..
  • Acquired by the Navy, 20 October 1947, designated Mission Dolores (AO-115) and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
  • Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and redesignated USNS Mission Dolores (T-AO-115)
  • Placed out of service, 30 March 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 22 June 1955
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 27 June 1956, and placed in service with MSTS on the same date
  • Place out of service, struck from the Naval Register and returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 19 September 1957
  • Transferred by MARAD, 21 April 1969 to Sea-Land Service Inc. for conversion to a containership
  • Renamed SS Tampa, 30 October 1969
  • Sold to Reynolds Leasing Corp., 24 September 1970
  • Final Disposition, scrapped May 1984
    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 Dolores 42k USNS Mission Dolores (T-AO-115) moored, date and location unknown .
    Mission Dolores 474k USNS Mission Dolores (T-AO-115) underway, probably near Long Beach CA., date unknown. David Buell
    Mission Dolores 960k USNS Mission Dolores (T-AO-115) underway in the harbor at Long Beach CA., date unknown. David Buell
    Commercial Service
    Mission Dolores 351k Ex-USNS Mission Dolores (T-AO-115) while in service as the Sea-Land container carrier SS Tampa underway on the Weser River departing Bremen, Germany in May 1971. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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