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USNS Rincon (T-AOG-77)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Golf - Lima


USNS Rincon (T-AOG-77) was transferred to South Korea and renamed ROKS Soyang (AOE-55)
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 (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Rincon Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 24 February 1945, as MV Tarland, a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-BT2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2640), at Todd Shipbuilding, Houston, TX.
  • Launched, as Rincon, 5 June 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 5 October 1945 and chartered for operations
  • Acquired by the Navy and assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 July 1950 for operations
  • Placed in service as USNS Rincon (T-AOG-77), 1 July 1950
  • During the Korean War USNS Rincon participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    19 September to 25 October 1951
    2 January to 30 April 1952
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 10 May 1952

  • Placed out of service, circa 1976
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred, (loaned) to South Korea, under terms of the Security Assistance Program, 21 February 1982, renamed ROKS Soyang (AOE-55)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 October 1998
  • USNS Rincon earned two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, circa 2000
    Displacement 2,100 t.(lt), 6,047 t.(fl)
    Length 325'
    Beam 48'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion Diesel

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    Rincon 38k USNS Rincon (T-AOG-77) at anchor, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USNS Rincon (T-AOG-77)

    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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