USNS Perseus (T-AF-64)
as SS Union Victory|
VC-2-S-AP3 hull, MCV hull 683
|Laid down:||30 March 1945|
|Launched:||11 May 1945|
as USNS Perseus (T-AF-64) |
|Out of service:||date unknown|
|Struck:||15 June 1973|
|Fate:||scrapped at Kaohsiung in 1974|
|Displacement:||4,960 tons(lt), 11,900 tons (fl)|
|Length:||455 ft 3 in (138.76 m)|
|Beam:||62 ft (19 m)|
|Draught:||28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)|
|Propulsion:||geared turbine engine, single propeller, 8,500shp|
USNS Perseus (T-AF-64) was a Denebola-class stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, and equipment to ships in the fleet, and to remote stations and staging areas.
Perseus was laid down as Union Victory (MCV hull 683) by the Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, Oregon, 30 March 1945; launched 11 May 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Claude F. Palmer; and delivered to the Maritime Commission, 8 June 1945.
Operations under contract
Operated on contract from the Maritime Commission, Union Victory carried military cargoes during the last months of World War II in the Pacific Ocean; the initial year of the European Occupation; and, four years later, the Korean Conflict. After Korea she returned to commercial transport, then entered the Maritime Administration’s National Defense Reserve Fleet.
Operations under the MSTS
In late 1961 she was transferred to MSTS for conversion to a refrigeration ship. Renamed and designated Perseus (AF–64), 4 December 1961, she was converted by the Willamette Iron and Steel Co., Portland, Oregon, and in September 1962 was placed in service as USNS Perseus (T-AF-64) and was manned by a Civil Service crew. Since that time, into 1970, she has operated under ComMSTSPac and has carried fresh and frozen foods from the U.S. West Coast to Pacific and Far East ports.
Perseus was placed out of service (date unknown) and struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1973. She was returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. It was sold on 31 August 1973, and scrapped at Kaohsiung in 1974.
Military awards and honors
Perseus’ crew was eligible for the following medals:
- Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - T-AF-64 Perseus