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USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132)
Mission Santa Clara (AO-132) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Quebec - India
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)

USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) was transferred to Pakistan and renamed PNS Dacca (A-41)
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 15 March 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1820) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 18 May 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1944, for charter to Los Angeles Tanker Operations, Inc,
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 5 November 1947
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Santa Clara (AO-132) under charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc.,
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132)
  • During the Korean War USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    10 to 20 October 1950
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    28 May to 13 June 1951
    Communist China Aggression
    17 to 20 November 1950
    31 December 1959 to3 January 1951
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    30 July to 3 August 1951
    13 to 27 November 1951

  • Placed out of service, 25 June 1959
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Reacquired and placed in service with MSTS, 30 November 1959, chartered to Mathiasens Tanker Industries, Inc. for operations
  • Placed out of service and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 22 December 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1961
  • USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) earned for battle stars for Korean War service
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 10 May 1962, for conversion to an underway replenishment oiler
  • Transferred to Pakistan 17 January 1963, renamed PNS Dacca (A-41)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132)
    Mission Santa Clara 318k USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) underway in the Long Beach CA, area, date unknown. David Buell
    PNS Dacca (A-41)
    Mission Santa Clara 45k Ex-Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) underway, circa 1964, location unknown while in Pakistani service as PNS Dacca (A-41). Robert Hurst

    USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132)
    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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