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USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Hotel - India
Norwalk Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 May 1945, as Norwalk Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 696) at Oregon Shipbuilding, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 10 July 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 7 August 1945
  • Chartered under Government Agency Agreement contracts
  • Wrecked in the Schelde River, France in 1947, raised and repaired
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 21 October 1947
  • Transferred to the US Navy, 10 October 1962
  • Fitted out at New Orleans, LA. as a Fleet Ballistic Missile Cargo Ship to support FBM Submarine Tenders at Holy Loch and Rota
  • Placed in service with MSC as USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279), 30 December 1963
  • Placed out of service, circa 1970
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1979
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA; Title Transfer to MARAD, 10 September 1979
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 September 1973, to Global Marketing Systems Inc., for $316.801.00 under MA contract # MA-12610
    Displacement 6,700 t.(lt) 14,900 t.(fl)
    Length 436' 6"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 1"
    Speed 17kts
    Complement 52 (est.)
    Armament none
    one cross compound steam turbine
    single screw, 8,500shp.

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    Norwalk 157k USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279) under way, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Norwalk 80k USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from MSTS Mariner Magazine
    Carl R Friberg Jr
    Norwalk 64k USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279) replenishes the submarine tender USS Hunley (AS-31) and as part of the replenishment Norwalk is loading a missile directly into an unidentified fleet ballistic missile submarine in the Holy Loch, Scotland.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Norwalk 159k USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279) underway, circa 1960s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Wright
    267k USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279) alongside USS Simon Lake (AS-33) at Holy Loch, Scotland for a routine replenishment, circa 1966-1970.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 93225
    Mike Green

    USNS Norwalk (T-AK-279)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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