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USNS Richfield (T-AGM-4)
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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
NPYW
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
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission in September 1946 for transfer to the US Army
  • Transferred to the War Department, assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps
  • Commissioned USAT Private Joe E. Mann, 31 October 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission and simultaneously transferred to 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 in October 1958
  • Renamed 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  • Final disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 March 1976, to Nicolai Joffee, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and delivered to Nicolai Joffee, 12 April 1976
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 15,589 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 15.5kts
    Complement 99
    Propulsion
    one cross compound steam turbine
    two boilers
    single screw, 8,500shp

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    General W A Mann 276k USS General W. A. Mann (T-AP-112) at left, and USNS Pvt. Joe E. Mann (T-AK-253) at right,moored at Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA., 15 February 1960.
    US Navy photo "All Hands" magazine May 1960. p.62.
    Robert Hurst

    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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