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USNS Mission San Antonio (T-AO-119)

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

National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 15 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1816) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 8 April 1944
  • Chartered, 24 May 1944, to Los Angeles Tankers Operations, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 April 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 22 October 1947 and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Antonio (AO-119)
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, and placed in service as USNS Mission San Antonio (T-AO-119)
  • Placed out of service, 22 November 1954
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 6 July 1956 and placed in service under MSTS control
  • Placed out of service, 16 December 1959
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 11 November 1957, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Reacquired by the Navy 9 June 1960 and placed in service under MSTS control
  • Placed out of service, 11 January 1965
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Halls, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 January 1965
  • Mercantile Service
    Sold, 9 June 1965 to Florida Waterways Corp. for conversion to a bulk carrier, renamed SS Transarctic
    Sold to Hudson Waterways Corp., 24 January 1966, for conversion to a combination train ferry and containership.
    SS Transarctic was renamed SS Seatrain San Juan in September 1966
    Sold, 30 June 1972, to Tyler Tanker Corp.
    Returned to MARAD, 20 November 1973, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Fort Eustis, VA.
    Renamed SS San Juan, 8 August 1978
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1983, to Isaac Manuel Varela Davillo, Spain
    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 San Antonio 708k USNS Mission San Antonio (T-AO-119) underway, date and location unknown. David Buell
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    Mission San Antonio 385k Ex-USNS Mission San Antonio (T-AO-119) as the Seatrain-container carrier SS Seatrain San Juan moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo ©William Schell
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USNS Mission San Antonio (T-AO-119)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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