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USNS Victoria (T-AK 281). The vertical SLBM stowage tubes are in the hold just forward of the bridge.
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Class: NORWALK (AK 279, VC2-S-AP3, FBM)
Design: MC VC2-S-AP3 (FBM conversion)
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: (19xx) 4-20mm
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
AKNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
279NORWALK10 Oct 1962Oregon SB19 May 194510 Jul 194530 Dec 1963
280FURMAN18 Sep 1963Oregon SB23 Jan 19456 Mar 19457[14] Oct 1964
281VICTORIA18 Aug 1964Permanente Metals #220 Jan 194420 Apr 194411 Oct 1965
282MARSHFIELD22 Aug 1968Oregon SB1 Apr 194415 May 194428 May 1970

Disposition:
AKNameTInact/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
279NORWALKT10 Sep 1979/C1 Aug 197910 Sep 1979MA/T8 Sep 1993
280FURMANT22 Oct 1986/C13 Apr 199222 Jul 1993MA/T30 Oct 2003
281VICTORIAT18 Jan 1984/C31 Mar 198631 Aug 1987MA/S--
282MARSHFIELDT23 Oct 1992/C30 Nov 199218 May 1993MA/T8 Nov 2005/D

Class Notes:
AK 259-260 were similarly converted under the FY 1963 and 1964 programs after over a decade of service as MSTS cargo ships and served as prototypes for this group, see the AK-237 class. AK 282 had a more elaborate conversion All had 16 vertical SLBM storage tubes in three rows in the hold forward of the bridge.

Ship Notes:
AKNameMANotes
279NORWALK696FY 1963. Ex merc. NORWALK VICTORY, completed 7 Aug 1945. FBM conversion SCB 234, delivered 22 Nov 1963, accepted 30 Sec 1963. [Fate above from NVR] To be used as a fleet service craft 31 Oct 1983. From fleet service to MA 31 Oct 1992. [Sold for scrap 13 Dec 1993, VSC.]
280FURMAN174FY 1964. Ex merc. FURMAN VICTORY, completed 19 Apr 1945. FBM conversion SCB 234 by American SB, completed [7] Oct 1964. Photo dated 1 Aug 1981 at Guam calls her a cable transport. Scheduled to strike 30 Sep 1981 but this canc. 8 Sep 1981 and ship trf. to NAVELEX as cable transporter. Converted 1982-83 and laid up. To MA temporary custody 22 Oct 1986. Departed 21 Nov 2003, delivered at Brownsville 23 Nov 2003.
281VICTORIA526FY 1965. Ex merc. ETHIOPIA VICTORY, completed 17 Jul 1944. FBM conversion SCB 715.65 by American SB, completed [15] Oct 1965.
282MARSHFIELD106FY 1969. Ex merc. MARSHFIELD VICTORY, completed 7 Jun 1944. FBM conversion by Boland Machine, [completed 28 May 1970]. Became fleet service craft in JRRF 21 Jul 1993, probably replacing AK 279, later back to reserve. BU completed 30 Jun 2006.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 7 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC, NVR