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USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)
Mission San Luis Rey (AO-128) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
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"
    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 Luis Rey (War Shipping Administration)
    Mission San Luis Rey
    14 days after keel laying
    176k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    Mission San Luis Rey
    42 days after keel laying
    Mission San Luis Rey
    62 days after keel laying
    USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)
    Mission San Luis Rey 128k USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128) at anchor in the Long Beach/San Pedro area, date unknown. Photo by Dick Markell. David Buell

    USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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