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USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Xray - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Phoenix Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Laid down, 27 February 1945, as SS Capital Victory, a Maritime Commission type (MCV-S-AP-3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 183) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 10 April 1945
  • Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 8 May 1945, for lease to Alaska Steamship Co.
  • Bare bottom charter to Pacific Atlantic S.S. Co., 19 December 1946
  • Leased to Pacific Atlantic S.S. Co., 13 May 1948
  • Sold to Pacific Atlantic S.S. Co., 21 May 1948, renamed SS Arizona
  • Sold to States Steamship Co. in January 1956, by Pacific Atlantic S.S. Co.
  • Title transfer to the Maritime Administration, trade-in program, 29 February 1960
  • Chartered to States Steamship Co., 29 February 1960
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 6 March 1962
  • Acquitted by the US Navy, 25 October 1962, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  • Renamed Phoenix and designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-172, 20 November 1962
  • Placed in service as USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172) in July 1963
  • Stationed as a forward floating depot at Subic Bay, Philippines
  • Reassigned to general cargo operations, with a Korean crew in 1965 under the control of MSTSPAC
  • Placed out of service in 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Commission, 31 August 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 August 1973, to China Dismantled Vessel Trading Corp., Taiwan
    Displacement 6,700 t.(lt) 15,199 t.(fl)
    Length 455' 36"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 5"
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 50
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8,500hp.

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    Phoenix 120k USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the 1968-69 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    USN 1100718
    187k USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172) outbound from Naha port, Okinawa while participating in operation Quick Release, 27 January 1964.
    US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, Photo No. USN 1100718
    Mike Green
    Stan Svec
    Phoenix 30k
    Phoenix 164k USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Tommy Trampp

    USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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