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USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125)
International Radio Call Sign:
SS Mission San Jose (AO-125) (1947 - 1949)
November - Hotel - Papa - Tango
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 17 July 1943, as SS Mission San Jose a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1271) at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 7 October 1943
Delivered, 29 January 1944, to WSA for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 November 1947
Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service as SS Mission San Jose (AO-125)
Absorbed in the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125)
Placed out of service, and struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1957
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
MARAD Exchange Program, 24 June 1966, to Hudson Waterways Corp., renamed SS Ohio, converted to a combination containership and train ferry
Renamed SS Seatrain Ohio, 28 August 1967
Purchased at sea by Polk Tanker Corp., 30 June 1972, title to MARAD Trade-in and Build Program
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 30 November 1973
Renamed SS Ohio 8 August 1978, and withdrawn from reactivation RRF
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. Group, circa 1992, used by the Beaumont Reserve Fleet as a warehouse for nearly 20 years
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., 17 March 2011, for $1,286,726, removed from the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, 20 April 2011
Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
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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|SS Mission San Jose (War Shipping Administration)
||SS Mission San Jose fitting out on the left as
SS Tomahawk is being moved into her fitting out berth after
launching on 10 October 1943 at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA. .
US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
||SS Mission San Jose under way in San Francisco Bay probably during builders trials, circa January 1944.
US Maritime Administration photo by Marinship Corp., courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
|USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125)
(War Shipping Administration)
||USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125) under way in Long Beach Harbor area, date unknown.
|MARAD (National Defense Reserve Fleet)
||SS Ohio (ex-USNS Mission San Jose (T-AO-125) laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. 2004.
Photo courtesy Harry Stott, Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
||SS Ohio laid up in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., June 2008. Ohio was used by the Fleet as a warehouse for nearly 20 years.
US Maritime Administration photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
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