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USNS T-AKL 15 (Design 330). Design 427 (MARK and AKL 43) had the well filled in
with aircraft maintenance facilities making them flush-decked back to the bridge.
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Class: AKL 12 (ARMY FS DESIGN 330/427)
Design: Army Designs 330DA, 330DC, and 427 (180', steel)
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:
AKLNameAcqBuilderContractCompletedComm/Svc
12MARK30 Sep 1947Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 194321 Dec 19442 Dec 1947
15T-AKL 151 Mar 1950Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 1943ca Mar 19451 Mar 1950
16T-AKL 161 Mar 1950Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 1943ca Mar 19451 Mar 1950
18T-AKL 181 Jul 1950Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 194317 May 19441 Jul 1950
19T-AKL 191 Jul 1950Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 194319 May 19441 Jul 1950
20T-AKL 201 Jul 1950Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 194322 Aug 19441 Jul 1950
37ALCYONE12 Dec 1951Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 1943ca Sep 1944--
43AKL 431 Jan 1962Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 1943ca Jan 19451 Jan 1962
45AKL 45, see AGER 3[??]Higgins, New Orleans11 Jan 1943[??]--

Disposition:
AKLNameTDecom/InactStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
12MARK1 Jul 197115 Apr 19761 Jun 1971Loan--
15T-AKL 15TAug 19531 Apr 19598 Mar 1969Sold--
16T-AKL 16TAug 19531 Apr 19596 May 1960Sold--
18T-AKL 18TJul 19541 Apr 1959May 1960Sold--
19T-AKL 19Tca 19591 May 1959May 1960Sold--
20T-AKL 20TJun 19531 Jul 196120 Mar 1962Sold--
37ALCYONE--1 Feb 19608 Dec 1951Trf.--
43AKL 4319637 Oct 19637 Oct 1963Trf.--

Class Notes:
Design 330 was a 170' FS with Buda diesels, built to specifications dated January 1943 for Design 330, a "Vessel, Supply, Diesel, Steel, 170'" entitled "168 foot L.O.A. Twin Screw Diesel, Supply." This design was then lengthened 10 feet resulting in specifications ultimately dated 1 June 1945 for Design 330D, a "Vessel, Supply, Twin Screw, Diesel, Steel, 180." Design 330DA was Design 330D with Enterprise diesels, design 330DB had Cooper Bessemer diesels, and design 330DC had Cleveland diesels. Design 330DC was then modified again for the Army Air Corps producing specifications dated 16 October 1944 for a "Vessel, Supply, Aircraft Repair, Diesel, Steel, 180'" with a title calling them "180' Steel Twin Screw Diesel Maintenance and Supply Vessels." They all had Cleveland diesels and were named for colonels. On 11 January 1943 Higgins received a contract that ultimately (no doubt after some addenda that added ships and changed designs) covered FS 135-161 (Design 330), FS 162-179 (Design 330DA), FS 180-189 (Design 330DB), FS 190-203 (Design 330DC), FS 204-221 (Design 427), and 222-234 (Design 330DC). All but FS 204-221 were originally designated FP instead of FS. AKL 45/AGER 3 was ex FS 217, Design 427, COL. ARMAN PETERSON.

Ship Notes:
AKLNameMANotes
12MARK(ex-AG-143 31 Mar 1949, ex-FS 214, Design 427, COL. RAYMOND T. LESTER, compl. 21 Dec 1944). Loaned 1971 [1 Jul 1971 PHS] to Taiwan as YUNG KANG, sold to Taiwan May 1976.
15T-AKL 15(ex-FS 230, Design 330DC, compl. 1945). In USN reserve 1953-59. On Navy sale list Mar 1960. Later merc. MEREGHAN II.
16T-AKL 16(ex-FS 233, Design 330DC, compl. 1945). In USN reserve 1953-59. On Navy sale list Apr 1959. Merc. MARTHA ANNE 1959.
18T-AKL 18(ex-FS 174, Design 330DA, compl. 17 May 1944). In Army service in Japan Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. In USN reserve 1954-59. On Navy sale list Apr 1959. Later merc. ARIES.
19T-AKL 19(ex-FS 175, Design 330DA, compl. 19 May 1944). In Army service in Japan Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. On Navy sale list May 1959. Later merc. PRESIDENT LAUREL.
20T-AKL 20(ex-FS 193, Design 330DC, compl. 22 Aug 1944). In USN reserve 1953-61. Sale list Jul 1961. Later merc. STAR 50.
37ALCYONE(ex-FS 195, Design 330DC) In Army service at Okinawa Aug 1949 for intra-theater distribution of supplies. Trf. 1951 to South Korea. Sold 27 Jun 1960 to Hong Kong Rolling Mills. [Later merc. PUERTO MANZANILLO, later COLIMA: PHS.]
43AKL 43(ex-FS 219, Design 427, COL. EDGAR R. TODD). Trf. 1963 to Coast Guard, conversion cancelled and ship sold by the Coast Guard in 1965. Later merc. SANTA MARIA.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 8 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, PHS