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USNS Mission Santa Cruz (T-AO-133)
Mission Santa Cruz (AO-133) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign
November - Charlie - Foxtrot - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 26 June 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 8 September 1943
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 31 December 1943, for charter to Deconhill Shipping Corp.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 24 October 1947
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Santa Cruz (AO-133)
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission Santa Cruz (T-AO-133)
  • Placed out of service, 23 November 1954
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Reacquired and placed in service with MSTS, 10 July 1956
  • Placed out of service, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., 4 December 1959
  • Reacquired by the Navy and placed in service with MSTS, 31 May 1960
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    Mission Santa Cruz 40k USNS Mission Santa Cruz at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp

    Mission Santa Cruz (AO-133) / USNS Mission Santa Cruz (T-AO-133)
    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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