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T-AO-131 Mission Santa Barbara


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
  • Mission Santa Barbara earned four battle star for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52 mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp
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