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USNS Fentress (T-AK-180)
USS Fentress (AK-180) (1945 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Nation Defense Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2376) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 10 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Fentress (AK-180), 4 May 1945, LT. George T. Malley, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Fentress was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 20 February 1946, returned to the War Shipping Administration and transferred to the War Department
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Reacquired by the Navy and assigned to MSTS; Placed in service as USNS Fentress (T-AK-180), 1 July 1950
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1973
  • Transferred, 21 November 1973, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred, loaned, 20 July 1974, to the Government of the Pacific Trust Territories, reflagged Micronesian
  • Permanent transfer, 4 July 1982, to the Government of the Marshall Islands
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5kts
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu. ft.
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu. ft.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    375k USNS Fentress at anchor, circa 1950-1970, location unknown.
    Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    284k USNS Fentress laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., circa 1973.
    Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Fentress 83k MV Fentress underway probably while owned by the Government of the Marshall Islands, circa 1982 or later. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Fentress 64k
    65k MV Fentress moored pierside in the port of Suva, Fiji in 1983.
    Photo by ©Maurice Napier
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus with permission of Maurice Napier

    USS Fentress (AK-180) / USNS Fentress (T-AK-180)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Malley, George Thomas4 May 1945 - 20 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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