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USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5)
USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) (1950 - 1960)
USAT Dalton Victory (1948 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Golf - Sierra

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship / Longview Class Missile Instrumentation Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 April 1944, as SS Dalton Victory a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV 21) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Launched, 6 June 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 19 July 1944, for operation under contract to Sudden & Christenson, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration at Baltimore, MD., 27 May 1946
  • Chartered by Moore McCormack Lines, Inc., 27 May 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 3 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Withdrawn from reserve and charted by the US Army Transportation Service, 2 April 1948
  • Placed in commission as USAT Dalton Victory, date unknown
  • Decommissioned by the US Army Transportation Service, 8 August 1950
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 August 1950 and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)
  • Redesignated a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship and renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5), 27 October 1960
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 December 1974
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 2 January 1975 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 July 1975, to National Metal & Steel Corp., withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 11 August 1975, scrapped at Terminal Island, CA.
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 15,589 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 99
    (AK) one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount (stern), one 3"/50 gun mount (bow), eight 20mm AA guns
    (AGM) none
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    Merchant Service Moore-McCormack Lines
    Dalton Victory 56k SS Dalton Victory underway, circa 1944, location unknown. Note empty gun tubs. David Nixon
    Dalton Victory 183k Moore-McCormack Lines SS Dalton Victory underway with the assistance of a tug in harbor, date and location unknown.
    Photo copyright World Ship Society
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)
    Dalton Victory 37k USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Valashinas
    Dalton Victory 130k USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1960. This photo shows Dalton Victory in her AGM configuration but at the time of the photo she was still carrying her AK designation.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5)
    196k USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGS-5) underway, 7 November 1961, location unknown.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 88076
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) / USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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