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USNS Provo (T-AG-173)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Mike - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Phoenix Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Laid down, 28 April 1945, as SS Drew Victory, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV-691) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 17 June 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 14 July 1945, transferred under GAA agreement for the Maritime Commission by Weyerhaeuser Steam Ship Co.
  • Chartered by Grace Lines Inc., 18 January 1947
  • Chartered by Pacific Far East Lines, Inc., 16 April 1947
  • Leased by Pacific Atlantic SS Co., under a GAA agreement, 4 November 1949
  • Purchased by Pacific Atlantic SS Co., 12 August 1949, renamed SS California
  • Sold to States Steam Ship Co., in January 1956
  • Renamed SS Utah, 23 December 1959
  • Acquired by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) from the Maritime Administration, 2 March 1963
  • Placed in service as USNS Provo (T-AG-173), 20 November 1962, a Special Project Ship (Forward Floating Depot)
  • Placed out-of-service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 August 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 August 1973, to China Dismantled Vessel Trading Co., Taiwan
    Displacement 6,700 t.(lt) 15,199 t.(fl)
    Length 455' 6"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 5"
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 50
    Armament none
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8,500hp.

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    Maritime Commission
    Provo 88k SS Drew Victory underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USNS Provo (T-AG-173)
    Provo 58k USNS Provo (T-AG-173) being assisted by tugs as she moors, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USNS Provo (T-AG-173)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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