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USNS Wacissa (T-AOG-59)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Alpha - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 11 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Cargill, Inc., Savage, MN.
Launched, 15 June 1945
Completed, 20 May 1946
Delivered to the Maritime Commission in the summer of 1947
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Lake Charles, LA
Transferred, 3 April 1948, to the US Navy Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 18 February 1952, as USNS Wacissa (T-AOG-59)
Placed out of service, 25 May 1954
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs, FL.
Placed in service, 25 May 1956 by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
Placed out of service, transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay , Benecia, CA., 16 October 1956
Transferred to the US Navy to be placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 8 April 1957
Placed out of service and transferred to the US Air Force, 16 September 1957
Turned over to Canada, date unknown, to be operated by the Northern Transportation Co., Ltd.
Returned to the US Navy in 1963
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1963
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in May 1964 to Nicolai Joffre Corp., Beverly Hills, CA.
Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(lim)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8"
Speed 14 kts. (trial speed)
Largest boom capacity 10 tons
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 2,040 DWT
Oil 7,975 Bbls.
Gasoline 410,500 Gals.
Ship's service generators
two 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one 10Kw 240V D.C.
Fuel Capacities 2,240 Bbls. diesel
two General Motors 16-278A diesel engines
single Fairbanks Morse main reduction gears
twin propellers, 3,300shp
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||USNS Wacissa (T-AOG-59) moored pierside while in Military Sea Transportation Service in the mid-1950s after her bow was reinforced for service in the Arctic.
US Navy History and Heritage Command photo.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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Last Updated 17 June 2011
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