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USNS Mission San Rafael (T-AO-130)
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Mission San Rafael (AO-130) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Charlie - Victor
NCCV
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 25 September 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 31 December 1943
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 22 March 1944
  • Chartered to Los Angeles Tanker Operators, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 October 1947
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Raphael (AO-130) under charter to Union Oil Co.
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission San Rafael (T-AO-130)
  • Placed 0ut of service and returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 2 February 1955
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 20 June 1956 and placed in service by MSTS under charter to Marine Transport Lines
  • Placed 0ut of service and returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 31 May 1960 and placed in service by MSTS under charter to Marine Transport Lines
  • Placed out of service (date unknown)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
    Complement
    52 CivMar
    17 US Navy Armed Guard
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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 Rafael (War Shipping Administration)
    Mission San Rafael 186k Mission San Rafael under construction on Builders Way# 6 at the Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA., 34 days after keel laying. US Maritime Commission photo by Marinship courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages. Robert Hurst
    Mission San Rafael (T-AO-130)
    Mission San Rafael 51k USNS Mission San Rafael (T-AO-130) under way with a deck cargo of oil drums, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Mission San Rafael 26k USNS Mission San Rafael (T-TAO-130)
    under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Mission San Rafael (T-AO-130)
    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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    Last Updated 19 June 2015