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Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 30 June 1942, for the U.S. Navy, type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull,
Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Launched, 23 September 1942
Commissioned USS Rio Grande (AOG-3), 10 April 1943
Decommissioned, 28 June 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet Recommissioned, 12 October 1950, at Norfolk, VA.
Decommissioned, 6 January 1956
Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
Custody transferred to MARAD, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Final Disposition,
sold for scrapping, 7 February 1972 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA.
( See photo below )
Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,130 t.(fl)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8"
Speed 15.5 kts.
Armament four 3"/50 dual purpose guns, twelve 20mm guns
Cargo Capacity2,210 DWT
Propulsion four GE diesel electric engines, twin shafts, 3,300hp
View the Rio Grande (AOG-3)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
The Miramar Ship Index for "RIO GRANDE"
Scrapped at Tacoma 02.1972.
USS Rio Grande (AOG-3) underway, date and place unknown.