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: 26 March 1966
Launched: 17 December 1966
Acquired: 21 November 1968
Commissioned: 17 November 1968 as USS Concord (AFS-5)
Decommissioned: 15 October 1992
In service: 15 October 1992
Out of service: 18 August 2009
Reclassified: USNS Concord (T-AFS-5)
Struck: 18 August 2009
Fate: Sunk as a target, 17 July 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.

USS Concord (AFS-5), was a Mars-class combat stores ship, in service with the United States Navy from 1968 to 1992. Concord became the first of five ships of its class to be transferred to Military Sealift Command. The transfer was completed in October 1992 and she was redesignated USNS Concord (T-AFS-5). Concord was stricken in August 2009 and sunk as a target in 2012.

History[edit]

Concord was laid down on 26 March 1966 at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California. The ship was launched on 17 December 1966 and commissioned on 17 November 1968. On 18 August 1992, Concord was transferred to Military Sealift Command and assigned to the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (PM1), MSC Far East.

After being stricken on 18 August 2009, Concord was sunk at 16:12 hrs (UTC-10) on 17 July 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RIMPAC sinks second ship". KITV4 (ABC). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2014.