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USNS Mission Purisima (T-AO-118)
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Mission Purisima (AO-118) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
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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 - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 10 June 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T-2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1268) at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA,
  • Launched, 25 August 1943
  • Chartered by War Shipping Administration to Deconhill Shipping Co. for operations, 23 november 1943
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 15 October 1947, and placed in service with the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Purisima (AO-118)
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Mission Purisima (T-AO-118)
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval register and returned to the Maritime Commission, 16 May 1955, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 26 June 1956, and placed in service with MSTS
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and returned the Maritime Administration, 4 December 1957, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., 27 April 1976, under MARAD contract PD-X-1006 of 16 March 1976, for $1,019.121.21
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,800 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armament none
    Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000shp

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    USNS Mission Purisima (T-AO-118)
    DANFS Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    "Marin-er" November 13 1943 Souvenir Trial Run Issue

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