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USNS Mission San Luis Ray (T-AO-128)
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Mission San Luis Ray (AO-128) (1947 - 1949)
November - Hotel - Quebec - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 15 October 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1278) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 29 January 1944
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 31 March 1944, for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Acquired by the Navy, 23 October 1947
Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Luis Rey (AO-128)
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, and placed in service as USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)
Placed out of service, 6 May 1955, and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
Reacquired by the Navy, 22 June 1956 and placed in service with MSTS
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 19 November 1957
Final disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 November 1972, to Luria Bros. and Co., (PD-X-949 dtd 5 October 1972) for $103.133p.00. Physically delivered, 18 December 1972
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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|Mission San Luis Ray (War Shipping Administration)
14 days after keel laying
||Building progress photos Mission San Luis Rey on the builder's way #6 at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
US Maritime Commission photos by by Marinship courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
42 days after keel laying
62 days after keel laying
|USNS Mission San Luis Ray (T-AO-128)
||USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128) at anchor in the Long Beach/San Pedro area, date unknown. Photo by Dick Markell.
USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 19 June 2015
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