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USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132)
International Radio Call Sign:
Mission Santa Clara (AO-132) (1947 - 1949)
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-AP-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 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"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
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)
||USNS Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) underway in the Long Beach CA, area, date unknown.
| PNS Dacca (A-41)
||Ex-Mission Santa Clara (T-AO-132) underway, circa 1964, location unknown while in Pakistani service as PNS Dacca (A-41).
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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 4 April 2014
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