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USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6)
ex
USS San Diego (AFS-6) (1969 - 1993)

International Call Sign:
November - November - Charlie - Delta
NNCD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation (1)
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4-Lebanon, 1-Libya) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Lebanon)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Mars Class Combat Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 11 March 1967, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 13 April 1968
  • Commissioned, USS San Diego (AFS-6), 24 May 1969, CAPT. John W. Wells in command
  • Decommissioned and simultaneously placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6), 11 August 1993
  • Place out of service, 10 December 1997
  • Laid up at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 September 2003
  • Final Disposition, scrapping contract awarded to ESCO, Brownsville, TX., 9 April 2006, removed from NISMF Philadelphia, 17 May 2006
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,200 t.(lt) 15,900-18,663 t.(fl)
    Length 581'
    Beam 79'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement (MSC)
    49 Navy
    124 civilian merchant seamen
    Aircraft
    two UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
    Armament
    two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion
    three 580psi Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    one De Laval Turbine
    single shaft

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    USS San Diego (AFS-6)
    San Diego 1292k San Diego (AFS-6) launching, 13 April 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
    US Navy
    Bill Gonyo
    San Diego 80k USS San Diego (AFS-6) underway at San Diego as she departs for her new homeport at Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1969.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Diego 55k USS San Diego (AFS-6) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tom Langford
    San Diego 183k USS San Diego (AFS-6) being docked/undocked with the help of Marinette (YTB-791) and Oshkosh (YTB-751) at Naval Station Norfolk, VA, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1972
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Diego 40k USS San Diego (AFS-6) at anchor, date and location unknown.  
    San Diego 878k USS San Diego (AFS-6) Med-moored in the port of Genoa, Italy, 22 April 1975. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    San Diego 20k USS San Diego (AFS-6) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    San Diego 90k USS San Diego (AFS-6) at Barcelona, Spain, 29 March 1983. Note, by this time San Diego's armament had been modified, retaining only the two enclosed twin 3"/50 gun mounts forward, while removing the two open mounts abaft the stack (note the empty gun tubs), along with the Mk.56 GFCS and an SPS-40 air search radar. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    San Diego 77k USS San Diego (AFS-6) at Barcelona, Spain, 29 March 1983. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    San Diego 72k USS San Diego (AFS-6) at Barcelona, Spain, 29 March 1983. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Sylvania 128k (from right to left) USS Sylvania (AFS-2), USS Concord (AFS-5) and USS San Diego (AFS-6) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sirius 58k USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8) downloading to USS San Diego (AFS-6) while underway, circa 1983. USNS Sirius was returning to the US to undergo a yard period at Braswell Shipyard in South Carolina, at which time she was converted to a fully capable AFS, receiving her helo hanger and enhanced unrep carnalities.
    US Navy photo
    T.J. Tropea RM1 USN USNS Sirius
    Sirius 74k USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8) downloading to USS San Diego (AFS-6) while underway, circa 1983 prior to Sirius entering Braswell Shipyard, South Carolina to improve her unrep capabilities.
    US Navy photo
    T.J. Tropea RM1 USN USNS Sirius
    Sirius 80k USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8) downloading to USS San Diego (AFS-6) while underway, circa 1983, prior Sirius to entering Braswell Shipyard, South Carolina to improve her unrep capabilities.
    US Navy photo
    T.J. Tropea RM1 USN USNS Sirius
    Sirius 73k USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8) downloading to USS San Diego (AFS-6) while underway, circa 1983, prior to Sirius entering Braswell Shipyard, South Carolina to improve her unrep capabilities.
    US Navy photo
    T.J. Tropea RM1 USN Ret. USNS Sirius
    Sirius 53k USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8) downloading to USS San Diego (AFS-6) while underway, circa 1983, prior to Sirius entering Braswell Shipyard, South Carolina to improve her unrep capabilities.
    US Navy photo
    T.J. Tropea RM1 USN Ret. USNS Sirius
    San Diego 67k USS San Diego (AFS-6) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    San Diego 600k Starboard bow view of USS San Diego (AFS-6) underway off Cape Henry, VA., 22 March 1988.
    DoDMedia VIRIN: DN-SC-90-02296, a US Navy photo by PH2 T, Beveridge
    Robert Hurst
    USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6)
    San Diego 91k Ex-USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6), ex- USS Boulder (LST-1190) and ex-USS Kidd (DDG-993) moored at the Preble Wharf at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in November 1999. Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner, authors collection. Robert Hurst
    San Diego 66k Ex-USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA., 22 October 2004. Gil Bohannon, USS Torsk Historian
    San Diego 147k Ex-USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6) at ESCO, Brownsville, TX., awaiting scrapping, circa May 2006.
    Photo ©Michael Martin Brownsville, TX., 2006.
    TJ Tropea with permission of Michael Martin


    For more photos and information about USS / USNS San Diego, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Navy Fact File - Combat Stores Ships - T-AFS
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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