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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, 27 May 1964, to Nolai Joff Corp., Beverly Hills, CA. for $63,100.00 (PD-X-665, dated 5 May 1964. Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 1 July 1964
    Displacement 1,846 t.(lt), 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 116
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,040 DWT
    Oil 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls.
    Diesel-Electric Drive - four General Electric 16-278A, 980hp Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears

    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V.240 D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,300shp

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    Wacissa 107k 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, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Wacissa (AOG-59)
    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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