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USNS Furman (T-AK-280)

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

National Defense Service Medal

Furman Class Cargo Ship::
  • Laid down, 23 January 1945, as SS Furman Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 174) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 6 March 1945
  • Merchant Service
    Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 19 April 1945 for operation under a General Agency Agreement contract by Northland Transportation Co.
    Chartered by American President Lines, 26 June 1946
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., 4 November 1948
    Chartered by American President Lines, 11 August 1950
    Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 11 September 1953
  • Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet and acquired by the US Navy, 18 September 1963
  • Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Furman (T-AK-280)
  • Laid up in temporary custody of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 22 October 1986
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1993
  • Permanent custody acquired by the MARAD, 22 July 1993
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 6,700 t.(lt) 14,900 t.(fl)
    Length 436' 6"
    Beam 62'
    Draft 28' 1"
    Speed 17 kts.
    Complement 52 (est)
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    Furman 165k USNS Furman (T-AK-280) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from MSTS Mariner magazine
    Carl R Friberg Jr
    Furman 116k USNS Furman (T-AK-280) alongside USS Proteus (AS-19) at at Polaris Point, Apra Harbor, Guam, 4 September 1965. US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Hunley 133k Left to right; USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642), USS Hunley (AS-31) USNS Furman (T-AK-280), USS Proteus (AS-19) and USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) The two submarines are receiving regular routine maintenance and upkeep. Hunley is in the process of relieving Proteus, and Furman is providing both tenders with spare parts and groceries on her regular monthly trip Guam. Hunley will be in Guam for about five months while Proteus is in overhaul at the Ship Repair Facility, Guam. The background shows the peninsula of Polaris Point.
    Photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1968.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Furman 1035k USNS Furman (T-AK-280) moored at Ford Island, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., in January 1969. ©Richard Leonhardt
    162k Overhead view of USNS Furman (T-AK-280) underway with assistance of tugs in the harbor at San Diego, CA., date unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    217k USNS Furman (T-AK-280) underway in Agana Bay, Guam, 1 August 1981.
    U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Winfrey, USN. This image is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier (NAID) 6451569
    Robert Hurst

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

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