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USNS Mission Santa Barbara (T-AO-131)
Mission Santa Barbara (AO-131) (1947 - 1949)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 8 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 8 June 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission for charter to Pacific Tankers Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 20 October 1947
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Santa Barbara (AO-131) under charter to Union Oil Co.
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission Santa Barbara (T-AO-131)
  • Placed out of service, 12 April 1954
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Placed in service with MSTS on 8 October 1956, chartered to Joshua Henry Corp. for operations
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 8 November 1957
  • Final Disposition, sold, 26 March 1966, to Hudson Waterways Corp. for commercial service as container ship/train ferry, renamed Seatrain Carolina, 7 April 1966, fate unknown
  • USNS Mission Santa Barbara earned four battle star for Korean War service
    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 Santa Barbara (War Shipping Administration)
    Mission Santa Barbara 112k Mission Santa Barbara being assisted by tugs at the Marinship yard at Sausalito, CA., circa June-July 1944. Moored in the same slip to the right is the War Shipping Administration tanker Missions Santa Clara.
    US National Archives photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Seatrain Corp.
    Mission Santa Barbara 124k Ex-Mission Santa Barbara in merchant service as SS Seatrain Carolina underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo © David Boone, courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages..
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Mission Santa Barbara (T-AO-131)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 12 June 2015