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USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123)
Mission San Francisco (AO-123) (1947 - 1949)

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

National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 5 May 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 18 September 1945
  • Delivered, 11 October 1945, for charter to Deconhill Shipping Co. for operations
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 28 October 1947, and placed in service with the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Francisco (AO-123)
  • Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949
  • Redesignated USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123)
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 18 January 1954, for lay up in the Maritime Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 20 October 1956, and placed in service with MSTS, chartered to Mathiasens Tanker Industries, for operation
  • Lost due to collision with the Liberian freighter SS Elna II off New Castle, DE., on the Delaware River, 7 March 1957, bow section lost, stern section towed to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, declared unsalvageable by the Navy
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1957
  • Stern section sold scrapping, 25 September 1957, to Boston Metals Co., for $116.666.66
    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 San Francisco 93k USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123) at anchor off Pusan Korea, 1951-52. Dr. Don Smith, Radio Electronics Officer USNS Mission San Francisco
    Mission San Francisco 64k USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123) at anchor, date and location unknown. Dr. Don Smith, Radio Electronics Officer USNS Mission San Francisco
    Mission San Francisco 38k USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    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 Database
    Fatal accident of the USNS Mission San Francisco (T-AO-123) courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
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