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USNS Mission Los Angeles (T-AO-117)
Mission Los Angeles (AO-117) (1947 - 1949)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 25 April 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T-2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1818) at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA,
  • Launched, 10 August 1945
  • Chartered to Los Angeles Tanker Operators, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 16 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 24 October 1947, and placed in service with the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Los Angeles (AO-117)
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Mission Los Angeles (T-AO-117)
  • During the Korean War Mission Los Angeles participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    15 to 25 July 1952
    29 July to 2 August 1952
    16 August 1952
    29 August to 5 September 1952
    15 to 21 September 1952
    30 September to 6 October 1952
    15 to 24 October 1952
    4 to 9 November 1952
    7 to 16 December 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    13 to 18 April 1953

  • Placed out of service and returned to the Maritime Commission, 12 November 1957, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Luria Bros, 2 December 1975 (MARAD Contract PD-X-1001 of 17 October 1975) for $219,666.00
  • Mission Los Angeles earned two battle stars for Korean War service
    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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    Mission Los Angeles 85k Mission Los Angeles (T-AO-117) underway off Long Beach, CA., date unknown. David Buell

    USNS Mission Los Angeles (T-AO-117)
    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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