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USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20)
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Johnstown (AGM-20) (1965)
USNS Mission De Pala (T-AO-114) (1949 - 1958)
Mission De Pala (AO-114) (1947 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Alpha - Xray
NJAX
Redstone (T-AGM-2) - Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal


Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 26 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T-2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC 1280) at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 28 February 1944
  • Chartered to Pacific Tankers Inc., 22 April 1944, for operations
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 28 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the Navy 22 October 1947, designated Mission De Pala (AO-114) and placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service
  • Administrative transfer to MSTS, 1 October 1949 and placed in service as USNS Mission De Pala (T-AO-114)
  • Place out of service and returned to th Maritime Commission, 23 December 1949, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, and placed in service with MSTS, 21 July 1950
  • Placed out of service and returned to the Maritime Administration, 15 November 1954, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 6 July 1956, and placed in service with MSTS, operated under charter by Marine Transport Lines, Inc.
  • Placed out of service 13 March 1958,and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Orange, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 March 1958
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 19 September 1964, for conversion to a Vanguard Class Range Instrumentation Ship at General Dynamics Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Renamed and redesignated Johnstown (AGM-20), 8 April 1965
  • Renamed Redstone , 1 September 1965
  • Accepted and placed in service by MSTS as USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20), 30 June 1966
  • Placed out of service, 6 August 1993
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 December 1993
  • Final Disposition, sold, 17 November 1995, fate unknown
    AO Specifications:
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,800 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armament none
    Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000shp

    AGM Specifications:
    Displacement 13,882 t.(lt) 24,761 t.(fl)
    Length 595'
    Beam 75'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 48 civilian mariners, 18 scientists
    Armament none
    Propulsion Turbo-electric, two boilers, eight Westinghouse turbo-generators, single shaft, 10,000shp

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    USS Mission De Pala (T-AO-114)
    Redstone 100k Mission De Pala (AO-114), during conversion at Quincy, MA. shipyard to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship Dan Kovalchik
    Johnstown (AGM-20)
    Redstone 141k Mission De Pala (AO-114), nearing completion at Quincy, MA. shipyard to Missile Range Instrumentation Ship USNS Johnstown (T-AGM-20) Dan Kovalchik
    USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20)
    Redstone 95k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Redstone 79k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1982
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Redstone 83k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Redstone 694k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) underway at Pearl Harbor, circa 1966-68
    US Navy photo.
    Photo by Jerry N Hogue
    Redstone 62k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) moored pierside, Port Canaveral, FL circa 1970-73.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    Redstone 141k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) underway, date and location unknown. Dan Kovalchik
    Redstone 98k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) off the coast of Florida in September 1984 after the launch of the space shuttle "Atlantis". Photo by Bill Fessenden
    Redstone 76k USNS Redstone (T-AGM-20) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

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    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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