Kingsport is a city in Northeastern Tennessee
Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 4 April 1944, as a type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under (MCV hull 20), at Calif.
Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles, CA.)
Launched, 29 May 1944 Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Admin. 12 July 1944,
for operation under a GAA contract by American Hawaiian Steamship Co.,
During World War II; SS Kingsport Victory served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 September 1947, for
lay up in the NDRF, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Withdrawn from NDRF, 8 August 1948, assigned to US Army Transp.Service.
Commissioned USAT Kingsport Victory
Decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
Assigned to the (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Kingsport Victory (T-AK-239)
Entered Willamette Iron & Steel Co. Shipyard at Portland OR., 24 September 1961,
for conversion to a Satellite Communications Ship.
Manned by a civilian crew, Kingsport Victory operated in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean from 1950 until late 1956. Carrying military cargo, she steamed out of New York and Charleston, S.C., to ports in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, and North Africa. In addition, she transported supplies from Norfolk, Va., to the Canal Zone and to American bases in the Caribbean.
Loaded with cargo, Kingsport Victory departed Norfolk 13 November 1956 for the Far East. Steaming via the West Coast, she reached Yokohama, Japan, 20 December; and, during the next month, she shuttled supplies to Okinawa, Formosa, and South Vietnam. She departed Saigon for the United States 28 January 1957; reached San Francisco 15 February; and arrived New York 8 March to resume transatlantic cargo service.
Between March 1957 and August 1961 Kingsport
Victory maintained a busy schedule for far-ranging cargo runs that sent
her from the eastern Mediterranean to the western Pacific. In addition
to numerous round-trip voyages between New York and West European
ports, she deployed four times to the Mediterranean where she supported
ships of the mighty 6th Fleet. Though operating out of New York, she
completed eight deployments to the Far East. Her cargo runs sent her to
Japan, South Korea, Ftormosa, Hong Kong, and Thailand, as well as to
the Marshall and Aleutian Islands. More
at "History" link below.
Renamed and redesignated
USNS Kingsport (T-AG-164),
14 November 1961
Further modified at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
from 1 June 1962 to 1 Dec. 1962
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 31 January 1984
Transferred, 29 August 1984, to (MARAD) for lay up in the NDRF James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Final Disposition, transferred to the US Navy, Military Sealift Command for scientific research, 1 March 1990
23, Aug 1963 – The first satellite
communications ship, USNS
Kingsport (T-AG 164) in Lagos, Nigeria, connected
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