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T-AO-129 Mission San Miguel
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler: Laid down, 11 August 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship, Sausalito, CA; Launched, 31 October 1943; Delivered to the WSA, 19 February 1944 for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc.; Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.; Acquired by Navy, 4 November 1947, and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service as Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129) to be operated under a charter by American Pacific Steamship Co.; Operational control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service, 1 October 1949; Redesignated USNS Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129); Placed out of service, 22 March 1950; Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.; Placed in service, 24 July 1950 under MSTS control as Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129); Placed out of service, 28 May 1954, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego; Reactived and assigned to MSTS, 1 November 1956; Ran aground, 8 October 1957, on Maro Reef, Hawaiian Islands. Final Disposition, declared unfit for further naval service or salvage; Struck from the Naval Register, 20 December 1957.
Specifications: Displacement 5,532 t(lt) 21,880 t.(fl); Length 524'; Beam 68'; Draft 30' (max); Speed 16.5 kts; Complement 52 civilian mariners; Propulsion, Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp.
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