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T2-SE-A1
 
"Pioneer Valley" moored at an oil terminal, date and location unknown.
( Photo thanks to Gerhard Mueller-Debus )

PIONEER VALLEY, T2-SE-A1
History :
Built by The Kaiser Co., Swan Island Yard, Portland, Oregon.
Yardnumber 90. UMSC No. 1947. Off. nr. AO-140.
Keel laid 27-07-1944. Launched 06-09-1944. Completed 04-10-1944. Gr. 10448 t., Net. 6285 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 8,99 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by General Electric Company, Lynn, Massachussetts. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
History:
PIONEER VALLEY-1944a for United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, USA.
KRASNAYA ARMIYA-1944b Leased to Soviet Union under terms of the Lend-Lease program, named Krasnaya Armiya, for Dalíne Vostochnoye Gosudarstvyennoye Morskoye Parakhonstvo, Vladivostok, Russia.
PIONEER VALLEY-1948 Returned to the United States War Shipping Administration, Portland, Oregon, USA, custody at Hong Kong, 26 February.
PIONEER VALLEY-1948 Acquired by the Navy, 30 April.
AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1948 Designated (AO-140), operated under charter for the Naval Transportation Service by a civilian company.
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1949. Transferred to MSTS, 1 October and placed in service as USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140)
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1960. Placed out of service, 18 March for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1961. Permanent transfer to MARAD, 1 April.
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1960. Permanent transfer to US Navy, 13 November, placed in service as USNS Pioneer Valley (T-AO-140), operated under contract by Marine Transport Lines
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1972. Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 15 August.
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1972. Transferred to MARAD, 13 September, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
T-AO-140 PIONEER VALLEY-1973. Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 May 1973
Additional Reports:
Reported Pioneer Valley sold to shipbreakers in USA. Arrived Baltimore 30 May 1973 to be broken up. [ By Boston Metals Co. ]