USNS Concord (T-AFS-5)

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USNS Concord (T-AFS-5)
USNS Concord (T-AFS-5), June 2007
Career (USA)
Ordered: 18 December 1964
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: March 26, 1966
Launched: December 17 1966
Acquired: 21 November 1968
Commissioned: November 27 1968 as Concord (AFS-5)
Decommissioned: October 15, 1992
In service: October 15, 1992
Out of service: August 18, 2009
Reclassified: USNS Concord (T-AFS-5)
Struck: August 18, 2009
Fate: Sunk as a target, July 17, 2012
General characteristics
Class & type: Mars class combat stores ship
Displacement: 9,200 tons (light) 15,900-18,663 tons (full)
Length: 581′ (177.1 m)
Beam: 79′ (24.1 m)
Draft: 27′ (8.2 m)
Propulsion: 3 × 580psi Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one De Laval turbine, single shaft
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: Officers: 48; enlisted: 441
Armament: 2 × twin 3″/50 gun mounts
Armor: 3.15 in
Aircraft carried: 2 × UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
For other ships of the same name, see USS Concord.

USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) became the first of five United States Navy Mars class combat stores ships to be transferred to Military Sealift Command. The transfer was completed on October 15, 1992. It was followed by USS Mars, San Diego, San Jose and Niagara Falls. Concord was assigned to the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (PM1), MSC Far East, and served until being stricken on August 18, 2009.

Concord was sunk at 4:12 p.m. (UTC-10) on July 17, 2012 as part of the SINKEX portion of Rim of the Pacific naval exercises. It was struck by a Mark 48 torpedo fired from HMCS Victoria and settled in water 15,390 feet deep, 61 miles from the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.[1]