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USAV Virginia (FS-790)
FS-790 (1953 - ?)

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National Defense Service Medal

Aircraft Repair Ship
  • Laid down, date unknown, as Freight Supply Vessel FS-790, at Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA
  • Launched by float out, 31 October 1952, christened USAV FS-790 by Mrs. E.H. Connor, wife of Col, Connor, commander of the Seattle Port of Embarkation
  • Delivered in May 1953 to the US Army Quartermasters Corps.
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Corp and placed in commission as USAV FS-790
  • Named USAV Virginia (FS-790), date unknown
  • Assigned to US Army 73rd Floating Craft Company at Fort Eustis, VA.
  • USAV FS-790's mission at Fort Eustis was the transport and resupply of personnel and equipment. Training classes aboard the FS-790 learned celestial navigation and piloting during these 2-4 week missions. Destination ports included Portland, Maine; Bermuda; Charleston, South Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  • Placed in stand by storage at Charleston, S.C. in December 1965
  • In March 1969 FS-790 departed on a 2 -week voyage to New York, Bermuda, and Charleston, South Carolina with a Harbor Craft Deck Operations Course (HCDOC) class comprised of officers, warrant officers and enlisted men
  • The 73rd Floating Craft Company turned over FS-790 to the reserve component at Curtis Bay, Maryland, 17 October 1975.
  • FS-790 was transferred to the 949th Floating Craft Company, a Baltimore Reserve unit, 15 November 1982, redesignated FS-790 (WCFT TM)
  • Retired by the US Army in June 1987
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,873 t.
    Length 220'9"
    Beam 38'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Freight Capacity 1900 t.
    Complement 8 officers, 34 enlisted
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 700hp Fairbanks-Morse opposed piston diesel engines
    two propellers

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    84k USAV Virginia (FS-790) ready for launching by floating, 31 October 1952 at Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA.
    Photo from " Pacific Marine Review and The Log", July 1953.
    Joe Radigan
    105k USAV Virginia (FS-790) underway near Fort Eustis, Virginia in 1975.
    U.S. Army Transportation Corps photo
    John Spivey

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