USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)

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Career (USA)
Name: USNS Dalton Victory
Namesake: Former name retained
Builder: California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California
Laid down: date unknown, as type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, MCV 21
Launched: date unknown
Completed: 1944
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 9 August 1950
In service: with MSTS on 9 August 1950 as USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)
Out of service: date unknown
Renamed: USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5), 27 October 1960
Struck: 15 December 1974
Fate: disposed of by the U.S. Maritime Administration on 17 July 1975
General characteristics
Type: Greenville Victory-class cargo ship
Tonnage: 4,512 tons
Tons burthen: 15,589 tons
Length: 455'
Beam: 62'
Draft: 29'
Propulsion: cross compound steam turbine, single propeller, 8,500shp
Speed: 15.5 knots
Complement: 99 personnel
Armament: (AK) one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount (stern), one 3"/50 gun mount (bow), eight 20mm AA guns; (AGM) none

USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) was a Greenville Victory-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1950.

In 1960 she was renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5) and placed in service as a missile range instrumentation ship, and assigned to the Pacific Missile Range, where she performed missile tracking duties.

Constructed in Los Angeles, California

Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) was built by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California, and was completed in 1944.

Acquired by MSTS as a cargo ship

Dalton Victory was acquired by the Navy and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in a noncommissioned status on 9 August 1950.

Assigned as a missile tracking ship

On 27 October 1960 Dalton Victory was reconfigured as a missile range instrumentation ship and renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5).

USNS Sunnyvale carried out a multitude of duties in the Pacific Ocean through 1962, including operations in support of the Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu, California.


Sunnyvale was place out of service at an unknown date, and was struck from the Navy list on 15 December 1974. She was disposed of by the U.S. Maritime Administration on 17 July 1975.