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USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121)
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Mission San Diego (AO-121) (1947 - 1950)

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

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National Defense Service Medal


Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 20 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1814) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 14 March 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, chartered to Deconhill Shipping Co., 30 April 1944, for operation
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 17 October 1947,
  • Placed under operation control of the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Diego (AO-121)
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121)
  • Placed out of service, 30 December 1954
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 3 July 1956 for service with MSTS
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration and struck from the Naval Register, 16 October 1957, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Sold to Hudson Waterways Corp., 10 November 1966, renamed SS Seatrain Washington and converted to a combination train ferry and containership
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed SS Washington
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,532 t(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armamentnone
    Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp

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    USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121)
    Mission San Diego 81k USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) underway off Long Beach, CA., date unknown. David Buell
    Mission San Diego 1484k USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) underway off Long Beach/San Pedro, CA. area, date unknown. David Buell
    Commercial Service
    Mission San Diego 385k Ex-USNS Mission San Diego (T-AO-121) in commercial service as SS Seatrain Washington moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, May 1971 while working cargo. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Mission San Diego 374k SS Seatrain Washington moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, May 1971 while working cargo. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Mission San Diego 52k SS Washington moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, September 1980 Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Mission San Diego 52k SS Washington moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, September 1980 Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Mission San Diego 130k SS Washington moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, December 1990 while loading cargo for the first Gulf War. Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus

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