USS Nicollet (AG-93)

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Name: USS Nicollet (AK-199)
Namesake: Nicollet County, Minnesota
Builder: Globe Shipbuilding Company, Superior, Wisconsin
Yard number: 120
Laid down: 9 February 1944
Launched: 31 July 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs. F. C. Hanson
Reclassified: AG-93, 12 March 1945
Refit: Samuelson Shipyard, Beaumont, Texas, and Brown Shipyard, Houston, Texas,
Commissioned: 27 April 1945
Reclassified: AVS-6, 25 May 1945
Decommissioned: 17 June 1946
Struck: 3 July 1946
Fate: sold to France, 1947
General characteristics
Type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Displacement: 2,411 long tons (2,450 t), light
6,240 long tons (6,340 t), full
Length: 338 ft 8 in (103.23 m)
Beam: 50 ft 4 in (15.34 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, single shaft, 1,700 shp (1,300 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h)
Complement: 105 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
6 × single 20mm guns

USS Nicollet (AK-199/AG-93/AVS-6) was a Alamosa-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy shortly before the end of World War II. She was configured to carry aviation parts and spares, and to issue them to the Pacific fleet and activities as needed.


Nicollet (AK-199) was laid down 9 February 1944 for the U.S. Maritime Commission as M.C. hull 2153 by Globe Shipbuilding Corporation; named Nicollet 25 February 1944; launched 31 July 1944 as AK-199; sponsored by Mrs. F. C. Hanson; converted for Navy use by Samuelson Shipyard, Beaumont, Texas, and Brown Shipyard, Houston, Texas; redesignated AG–93 on 12 March 1945; and commissioned 27 April Lt. F. M. Bible in command.

After shakedown in the Gulf of Mexico Nicollet was reclassified AVS–6 effective 25 May 1945. Steaming to the Pacific Ocean, she arrived in the forward area and was assigned to Commander, Air Forces, Subordinate Command Forward, Pacific Fleet. She operated out of Apra Harbor, Guam.

Nicollet followed closely behind the invasion forces to supply newly acquired airstrips and aviation activities with spare parts and other needs. She salvaged goods, returned materials for repair and eventual re-use, and supplied aircraft carriers at sea.

At the end of hostilities she continued to support naval and marine air groups, both carrier and land-based. In April 1946 she returned to the U.S. West Coast via Pearl Harbor. Following a cruise to the Gulf of Mexico, she sailed again to the western Pacific Ocean.

Returning to San Francisco, California, she decommissioned and was returned to the War Shipping Administration 17 June. She was struck from the Navy Register 3 July and sold to France on 24 July.