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USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7)
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USS San Jose (AFS-7) (1970 - 1993)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Bravo - Victor
NIBV
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Global War on Terrorism Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Mars Class Combat Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 March 1969, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 13 December 1969
  • Commissioned, USS San Jose (AFS-7), 23 October 1970, CAPT. James H. Morris USN, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS San Jose participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation I
    21 October 1971
    28 October to 5 November 1971
    9 to 27 November 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    16 to 29 September 1972
    10 to 21 October 1972
    3 to 17 November 1972
    1 to 14 December 1972
    27 December 1972 to 9 January 1973
    26 January to 3 February 1973
    3 to 15 and 21 to 23 March 1973
    Consolidation II
    4 to 9 and 20 to 29 December 1971
    14 to 24-January 1972
    9 to 18 and 23 to 25 February 1972
     

  • Decommissioned and placed in service by MSC, 2 November 1993 as USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7)
  • USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) is assigned to the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (PM1), MSC Far East
  • Deactived and struck from the Naval Register, 27 January 2010
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 October 2013, for $995,928, to All Star Metals, Brownsville, TX.
  • USS San Jose received three battle stars for Vietnam service
    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 none
    Propulsion
    three 580 psi Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    one De Laval Turbine
    single shaft

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    USS San Jose (AFS-7)
    San Jose 62k USS San Jose (AFS-7) underway, date and location unknown. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    San Jose 82k USS San Jose (AFS-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "NAVSEA Journal."
    Bob Bush
    San Jose 1161k Sailors man the rails as USS San Jose (AFS-7) departs NAS Alameda, CA., having been assisted from the pier by Accomac (YTB 812), 10 August 1981. San Jose was deploying to her new home port in Guam.
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-SC-84-05046 NAS ALAMEDA (10 August 1981 a US Navy photo by PH1 Thomas Berault now in the collections of the Defense Imagery web site.
    Robert M. Cieri
    San Jose 1766k USS San Jose (AFS-7) underway off the coast of San Diego, CA., 28 April 1971.
    DoDMedia VIRIN: DN-SC-86-00179, a US Navy photo by PH1 Lucas
    Robert Hurst
    San Jose 156k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored to a buoy in Hong Kong Harbor, June 1989. Photo by William P. Jones, MD
    San Jose 72k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored to a buoy in Hong Kong Harbor, June 1989. Photo by William P. Jones, MD
    San Jose 86k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored to a buoy in Hong Kong harbor, June 1989. Photo by William P. Jones, MD
    San Jose 76k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored pierside at Hong Kong. December 1989 with HMAS Stuart (DE-48). William Chiu
    San Jose 84k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored pierside at Hong Kong, December 1989. William Chiu
    San Jose 73k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored pierside at Hong Kong, December 1989. William Chiu
    San Jose 51k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored pierside at Hong Kong, December 1989. William Chiu
    San Jose 68k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored pierside at Hong Kong, December 1989. William Chiu
    San Jose 49k USS San Jose (AFS-7) moored to a buoy in Hong Kong Harbor, 16 April 1991. William Chiu
    San Jose 98k USS San Jose (AFS-7) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    San Jose 114k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) coming alongside USS San Jose (AFS-7) to begin an UNREP off the coast of Washington in 1994. Photos by Douglas Brown USS Sacramento
    San Jose 142k
    San Jose 32k Cover for USS San Jose (AFS-7) Welcome Aboard pamphlet, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7)
    San Jose 116k USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    San Jose 89k USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) departing Sydney Harbor, Australia, April 2001.
    Photo by Ian Edwards.
    USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) web site
    San Jose 99k USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) pulls alongside USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to begin an underway replenishment.
    US Navy photo # 030206-N-5821P-007 by PHAN Jason T. Poplin, 6 February 2003.
    Navy Newsstand
    San Jose 87k An MH-60 Knight Hawk assigned to HC-5 assists with an underway replenishment between USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72).
    US Navy photo # 030124-N-8794V-006 by PH3 Kittie VandenBosch, 24 January 2002. Navy Newsstand
    Bernard A. Cardali USS LST-306
    Swift 47k USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7), background, and USS Swift (HSV-2), foreground, operating with USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), center, in the Indian Ocean, 25 February 2005. Mercy is serving as an enabling platform to assist humanitarian operations ashore in ways that host nations and international relief organization find useful. USNS Mercy is off the waters of Indonesia in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian relief effort to aid the victims of the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia.
    US Navy photo # 050225-N-8629M-115 by PH3 Rebecca J. Moat.
    Lee Wahler
    Mercy 71k USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7), far left, and the High Speed Vessel USS Swift (HSV-2), far right, operating alongside USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) as she receives fuel from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) in the Indian Ocean, 3 March 2005. USNS Mercy is serving as an enabling platform to assist humanitarian operations ashore in ways that host nations and international relief organization find useful. USNS Mercy is in the waters off the Indonesian coast in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian relief effort to aid the victims of the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia.
    US Navy photo # 050303-N-8796S-075 by PH2 Timothy Smith. Photo from the Navy NewsStand web site.
    Jack Treutle
    Mercy 41k USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7) sails in the Western Pacific during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).
    US Navy photo # 060709-N-3438B-167 by MC3 Jared Benner. Photo from the Navy NewsStand web site.
    Lee Wahler
    Mercy 272k An S-330 Puma helicopters hover above USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) during a supply transfer with the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) in the South China Sea, 3 September 2007.
    US Navy photo # 070903-N-9864S-003 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Sept. 3, 2007) by MC2 Joseph R. Schmitt.
    Lee Wahler
    Mercy 1251k USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) prepares to come alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52), not shown, for a connected replenishment (CONREP), 10 September 2008. Pearl Harbor is part of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group and is deployed supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility..
    US Navy photo # 080910-N-5148B-016 PERSIAN GULF (Sept. 10, 2008) by MC3 Sarah E. Bitter.
    Douglas Brown
    San Jose 1041k USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) prepares to come alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) during a replenishment-at-sea. John C. Stennis is on a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 090223-N-6597H-053 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 23, 2009) by MC3 Jon Husman.
    Lee Wahler
    San Jose 171k Ex-USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) being towed out of Pearl Harbor, 6 December 2012, by tug Roughneck enroute to Brownsville, TX. for scrapping. Photos by CAPT. Wade Armstrong, Pearl Harbor Pilot, Honolulu, Hawaii
    Mercy 147k


    For more photos and information about USS / USNS San Jose, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7)
  • Navy Fact File - Combat Stores Ships - T-AFS
  • Miscellaneous Photo Collections
  • Commanding Officers

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

    Crew Contact and Reunion Information
    Date:  
    Place:  
    Contact: William John Rigney Jr.
    Address: 13581 TEXAS HWY 22
    CRANFILLS GAP, TEXAS 76637-4019
    Phone: 254-597-1240
    Cell phone 254-978-2788
    E-mail: midway41@centurylink.net
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