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USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116)
International Radio Call Sign:
Mission Loreto (AO-116) (1947 - 1949)
November - Hotel - November - Sierra
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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 scrapping under MARAD Contract PD-X-998 of 16 July 1975, to Ziedell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR. for $251,898.99
Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
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 Loreto (War Shipping Administration)
||SS Mission Loreto with the battle cry "Fight With Ike" on her bow as she slides down the ways at Marineship, 28 June 1944.
This tanker trim was executed by Charles Pearson, former sign painter who worked in the yard as a hull painter during World War II.
US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
|USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116)
||USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116) underway in Long Beach Harbor area, date unknown.
USNS Mission Loreto (T-AO-116)
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