|USS Mars AFS-1
A Navy REPLENISHMENT Ship
The 1st Mars (AC‑6) was named for the Roman God of War, the 2nd (AFS‑1) for the borough in Butler County in western Pennsylvania named for the planet. DANFS.
The Mars crew members are anxious to discuss this proposal at their September Reunion.
USS Mars (AFS-1) during a VERTREP underway replenishment with USS Coral Sea (CVA-43),
November 1966 in WestPac. Photo by Michael O'Brian USS Coral Sea
Final Disposition, disposed as targets during RIMPAC 2006, sunk 15 July 2006
Mars Class Combat Stores Ship:
Laid down, 5 May 1962, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
Displacement: 9,200 t.(lt) 15,900-18,663 t.(fl) Length: 581' Beam: 79' Draft: 27' (max.)
Speed: 20 kts. Complement: (USS) 486 (MSC) 49 Navy, 125 civilian merchant seamen
Aircraft: two UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
Armament: two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
Propulsion: three 580 psi Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one De Laval Turbine, single propeller
USS CONCORD AFS-5 USS NIAGARA FALLS AFS-3 USS SAN DIEGO AFS-6
USS SAN JOSE AFS-7 USS SYLVANIA AFS-2 USS WHITE PLAINS AFS-4
"Our next newsletter concerning this proposal, will be posted. We will be having our next reunion in Vancouver, WA in September which is explained on our web site.
We have 95 crewmembers from the Mars living in and around the I5 interstate. This proposal will be brought up at the reunion business meeting. We are having great interest generated already for this project. I have also passed this along to friends from the AFS6 and AFS4."
Sincerely, Art Sweetland Webmaster
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