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USNS Richfield (T-AGM-4)
USNS Private Joe E. Mann (T-AK-253) (1950 - 1960)
USAT Private Joe E. Mann (1947 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Yankee - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Longview Class Missile Instrumentation Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 June 1945, as SS Owensboro Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 719), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard #2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 21 July 1945
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission for operation by Coastwise Lines (Pacific Far East Line), 27 August 1945
  • Chartered by the War Department, 22 July 1946
  • Transferred to the War Department, 30 August 1946, assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps, and commissioned USAT Private Joe E. Mann
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 January 1960
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 7 August 1950, to placed in service by MSTS as USNS Private Joe. E Mann (T-AK-253)
  • Converted to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship, assigned to MSTS and placed in service as USNS Richfield (T-AGM-4), 27 November 1960
  • Placed out of service, and transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 21 November 1968
  • Final disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 March 1976, to Nicolai Joffee, delivered, 12 August 1976
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 15,589 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 15.5kts
    Complement 99
    one cross compound steam turbine
    two boilers
    single screw, 8,500shp.
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    USNS Private Joe. E. Mann (T-AK-253 / USNS Richfield (T-AGM-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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