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Mission San Luis Rey
See also : Construction photos "Mission San Luis Rey"
Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 15 October 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime
Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 29 January 1944
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, (date unknown)
Chartered to Pacific Tankers, Inc., for operations
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 March 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve
Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Acquired by the Navy, 23 October 1947
Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission San Luis Rey (AO-128)
Transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, and placed in service
as USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)
Placed out of service, 6 May 1955, and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National
Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 June 1955
Reacquired by the Navy, 22 June 1956 and placed in service with MSTS
Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and returned to the Maritime Administration for lay
up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 19 November 1957
Final disposition, fate unknown
( See photo below )
Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl); Length 524'
Draft 30' (max)
Speed 16.5 kts.
Complement 52 mariners
Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp.
View the Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128) DANFS history entry located at Navsource
The Miramar Ship Index for "MISSION SAN LUIS REY"
Scrapped at Brownsville 03.1973 [ By Luria Bros & Co,. Inc. ]
"USNS Mission San Luis Rey (T-AO-128)".
( Photo thanks to David Buell )