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USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116)
SS Mission Loreto (AO-112) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
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National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 27 April 1944, as SS Mission Loreto, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1824) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 22 July 1944, for operation under charter by Los Angeles Tanker Operators, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 20 November 1947, designated SS Mission Loreto (AO-116) and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
  • Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and redesignated USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116)
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and returned to the Maritime Administration, 25 August 1955, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 25 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, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 16 July 1959
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 September 1975, for non-transportation use (scrapping) to Ziedell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR.
    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 Loreto 903k USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116) underway in Long Beach Harbor area, date unknown. David Buell

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