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USNS Mission Solano (T-AO-135)
International Radio Call Sign:
Mission Solano (AO-135) (1947 - 1949)
November - Hotel - Sierra - Juliet
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 (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 8 October 1943, as SS Mission Solano, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1277) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 14 January 1944
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 30 March 1944, for charter to Deconhill Shipping Co., for operations
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 April 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 Solano (AO-135) under charter to Pacific Atlantic Steamship Co., for operations
Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission Solano (T-AO-135)
During the Korean War USNS Mission Solano participated in the following campaign:
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 15 August 1957
Sold, 26 May 1957, to Sea-Land Service Inc. and converted to a containership, renamed SS Jacksonville, 27 December 1967
Resold to Madison Transportation Co., 19 June 1968
Resold to Royal Coal Co., 29 December 1972
Resold to Reynolds Leasing Corp., 25 November 1978
Final Disposition, sold to Eastern Overseas Corp., 30 September 1983, scrapped in Spain in 1984
USNS Mission Solano earned one battle star for Korean War service
Korean War Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Communist China Aggression
13 December 1850 to 2 January 1951
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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(War Shipping Administration)
21 days after launch
||Mission Solano under construction on Building Way #5, at the Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA., 21 and 49 days after keel laying.
US Maritime Commission photos by Marinship, courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
49 days after launch
||Mission Solano launching at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA., 14 January 1944.
US Maritime Commission photo
| Merchant Service
||Ex-USNS Mission Solano (T-AO-135) while in service as the Sea-Land container carrier SS Jacksonville under way on the Weser River departing Bremen, Germany in March 1970.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||Sea-Land container carrier SS Jacksonville under way, date and location unknown.
Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
USNS Mission Solano (T-AO-135)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 19 June 2015
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