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USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193)
SS Transcolorado (AK-2005)


USNS Marine Adder International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Foxtrot
NEAF
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 (8) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Marine Adder Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 7 March 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-A3) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Kaiser Co. Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 16 May 1945
  • Delivered to American President Line, 5 October 1945
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 13 February 1948
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 24 July 1950
  • Assigned to theMilitary Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), 1 August 1950
  • During the Korean War Marine Adder (T-AP-193) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Aggression
    24 December 1950 to 8 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    11 to 12 December 1951
    27 to 28 January 1952
    31 January 1952
    18 to 19 March 1952
    First US Counter Offensive
    25 to 26 March 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    23 to 24 July 1952
    11 to 12 September 1952
    24 to 25 October 1952
    3 to 5 November 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    4 to 6 May 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    21 December 1952
    10 February 1953
    28 to 29 March 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    11 to 12 September 1951
    29 to 30 October 1951
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    14 to 15 May 1953
    3 July 1953

  • Placed out of service and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Astoria, OR, 8 June 1957
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 June 1958
  • Sold for commercial operation, 4 August 1967, at Astoria, OR. to Hudson Waterways Corp., converted to a cargo ship, renamed SS Transcolorado
  • Chartered by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), 26 July 1968, designated SS Transcolorado (AK-2005)
  • USNS Marine Adder received eight battle stars for Korean service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,720 t.(lt) 10,210 t.(fl)
    Length 523'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 17 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 53,000 (cu ft)
    Troop Capacity 3,485
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller, 13,750 shp

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    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193)
    Marine Adder 22k USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193) underway, date and place unknown. From the collection of Jim Settlemire 92nd AFA Bn - Korea - Webmaster
    General John Pope
    NH 104591
    87k The MSTS Reserve Fleet nest at the Navy Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Everett, WA., 25 June 1957, looking north. The ships, from right to left, are;
    USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110),
    USNS General M. C. Meigs (T-AP-116),
    USNS General William Weigel (T-AP-119),
    USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134),
    USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195),
    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), and
    USNS Marine Lynx (T-AP-194).
    They are in MSTS Ready Reserve status. All were moved to the Maritime Administration reserve fleets at Olympia and Astoria in 1958. During World War II this site was occupied by the Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which built net laying ships, non-self propelled barracks ships, self-propelled covered lighters and small harbor tugs. Larger ships were repaired at the piers where the MSTS ships were later moored.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo #'s NH 104591 and NH 104592
    Robert Hurst
    General John Pope
    NH 104592
    86k
    General John Pope 79k The MSTS Reserve Fleet nest at the Navy Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Everett, WA., 25 June 1957, looking west. The ships, from front to rear, are;
    USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110),
    USNS General M. C. Meigs (T-AP-116),
    USNS General William Weigel (T-AP-119),
    USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134),
    USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195),
    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), and
    USNS Marine Lynx (T-AP-194).
    They are in MSTS Ready Reserve status. All were moved to the Maritime Administration reserve fleets at Olympia and Astoria in 1958. During World War II this site was occupied by the Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which built net laying ships, non-self propelled barracks ships, self-propelled covered lighters and small harbor tugs. Larger ships were repaired at the piers where the MSTS ships were later moored.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104594
    Robert Hurst
    General John Pope 90k The MSTS Reserve Fleet nest at the Navy Industrial Reserve Shipyard, Everett, WA., 25 June 1957, looking east. The ships, from back to front , are;
    USNS General John Pope (T-AP-110),
    USNS General M. C. Meigs (T-AP-116),
    USNS General William Weigel (T-AP-119),
    USNS General R. L. Howze (T-AP-134),
    USNS Marine Phoenix (T-AP-195),
    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193), and
    USNS Marine Lynx (T-AP-194).
    They are in MSTS Ready Reserve status. All were moved to the Maritime Administration reserve fleets at Olympia and Astoria in 1958. During World War II this site was occupied by the Everett Pacific Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., which built net laying ships, non-self propelled barracks ships, self-propelled covered lighters and small harbor tugs. Larger ships were repaired at the piers where the MSTS ships were later moored.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104593
    Robert Hurst
    Mercantile Service/ MSC Time Charter
    Marine Adder 67k Ex-Marine Adder (T-AP-193) in mercantile service as SS Transcolorado moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany in October 1978. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Waxahachie 2260k Waxahachie (YTB-814) pushes against the bow of the MSC time chartered cargo ship Transcolorado (AK-2005) as she ties up at Pier No. K-10 at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., 10 September 1990.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-90-11517 by Ed Weiss
    Defense Visual Information Center

    USNS Marine Adder (T-AP-193)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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