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USNS Mission Santa Ana (T-AO-137)
Mission Santa Ana (AO-137) (1948 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Sierra - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 18 April 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1828) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 25 July 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 25 October 1945, for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Columbia River
  • Acquired by the Navy, 9 January 1948
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Santa Ana (AO-137) under charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission Santa Ana (T-AO-137)
  • Placed out of service, 3 April 1950
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 3 July 1956 and placed in service with MSTS under charter to Joshua Henry Corp., for operations
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, permanent transfer to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 25 February 1958
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 December 1975, to National Metals and Steel Corp., for scrapping, Removed 6 January 1976 Steel Corp., for scrapping, Removed 6 January 1976
    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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    Mission Santa Ana 227k SS Mission Santa Ana (AO-137) in Long Beach Harbor, circa 1948, Mission Santa Ana was being operated under charter for the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) by Pacific Tankers Inc., note her stack markings.
    Courtesy Anderson Markell Photographers, San Pedro CA.
    David Buell
    Mission Santa Ana 89k USNS Mission Santa Ana (T-AO-137) under way in Long Beach Harbor, date unknown. David Buell

    USNS Mission Santa Ana (T-AO-137)
    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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