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USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140)
Pioneer Valley (AO-140) (1948 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - India - Kilo
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 27 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T-2-SE-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1947), Kaiser Co. Swan Island, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 6 September 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 4 October 1944
  • Leased to Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease program, named Krasnaia Amia
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission custody at Hong Kong, 26 February 1948
  • Acquired by the Navy, 30 April 1948
  • Designated (AO-140), operated under charter for the Naval Transportation Service by a civilian company
  • Transferred to MSTS, 1 October 1949, and placed In-service as USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140)
  • Placed out of service, 18 March 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Permanent transfer to MARAD, 1 April 1961
  • Permanent transfer to US Navy, 13 November 1961, placed in service as USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140), operated under contract by Marine Transport Lines
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1972
  • Transferred to MARAD, 13 September 1972, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 May 1973, to Boston Metals (PD-X-958) for $141,666.00, Delivered 30 May 1973
    Displacement 5,252 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10" (lim)
    Speed 15.3 kts. (trial)
    Complement unknown
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 230
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi, 730°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    one turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,250shp

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    Pioneer Valley 49k USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140) moored at an oil terminal, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

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