USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172)

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Name: USS Phoenix
Namesake: A mythical bird of ancient Egypt which, after living some 500 years, consumes itself in fire, only to rise again rejuvenated from its ashes. Also, Phoenix, Arizona, the State of Arizona's largest city and capital
Builder: Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon
Laid down: 27 February 1945 as Capital Victory (MCV–183)
Launched: 10 April 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. Chester It. Kinmon
Completed: 8 May 1945
Acquired: by the Navy on 25 November 1962
In service: July 1963 with civil service crew
Out of service: circa 1970
Renamed: Arizona in 1948; Phoenix for Navy use on 20 November 1962
Reclassified: AG–172 on 20 November 1962
Struck: 15 June 1973
Homeport: Subic Bay, Philippines
Fate: sold, 31 August 1973, fate unknown
General characteristics
Type: Phoenix-class miscellaneous auxiliary
Tonnage: 6,700 tons
Tons burthen: 14,900 tons
Length: 436' 6"
Beam: 62'
Draft: 28' 1" (max.)
Propulsion: steam turbine, single shaft, 8,500hp
Speed: 17 knots
Complement: 50 officers and enlisted
Armament: not known

USNS Phoenix (T-AG-172) was a Phoenix-class miscellaneous auxiliary acquired by the United States Navy in 1962, crewed by a civilian crew from the Military Sea Transportation Service, and sent to the Philippines to serve as a floating depot. Phoenix remained in the Philippines, issuing parts and other supplies, until the early 1970s, being struck by the Navy in 1973.

Victory ship built in Oregon

Phoenix was laid down under U.S. Maritime Commission contract as Capital Victory (MCV–183) 27 February 1945 by Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation, Portland, Oregon; launched 10 April 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Chester It. Kinmon and delivered 8 May 1945.

Assigned to the U.S. Navy

Renamed Arizona in 1948, the cargo ship was renamed Phoenix for Navy use 20 November 1962 and classified AG–172 the same day; acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Administration 25 November 1962; assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (M.S.T.S.) and manned by a civil service crew in July 1963.

A floating depot ship

The special project ship, with Cheyenne (T-AG–174) and Provo (T-AG–173) was stationed in Subic Bay, Philippines as forward floating depots. The utility of such depots was demonstrated in 1964 by the excellent performance of these ships in Operation Quick Release.

In 1965 Phoenix began general cargo operation under Commander, M.S.T.S. in the Far East and with a Korean crew continued this duty until 1970.


Phoenix was transferred to the U.S. Maritime Commission, and was sold 31 August 1973. Her subsequent fate is not known.