USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50)

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History
United States
Ordered: C2-S-B1) hull, MC hull 186
Launched: 7 May 1942
Completed: May 1943
Acquired: 1950
In service: as USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50)
Out of service: date unknown
Struck: date unknown
Fate: scrapped in 1973
General characteristics
Displacement: 6,556 t.(lt) 13,893 t.(fl)
Length: 459 ft 2 in (139.95 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draught: 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)
Propulsion: cross-compound turbines, single propeller
Speed: 15.5 kts.
Complement: 64
Armament: unknown

USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50) was an Alstede-class stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy. Her task was to carry stores, refrigerated items, and equipment to ships in the fleet, and to remote stations and staging areas.

Bald Eagle was laid down (date unknown), as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 186) at Moore Dry Dock Company, Oakland, California. She was launched (date unknown) and delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 28 May 1943. She was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1950.

Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service[edit]

Bald Eagle was assigned by the Navy to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Bald Eagle (T-AF-50).

Operations under MSTS[edit]

Bald Eagle transported frozen foods from Virginia to Bremerhaven, Germany, on a regular basis during the early 1950s.

Decommissioning[edit]

She was placed out of service (date unknown) and struck from the Naval Vessel Register (date unknown). Final disposition: scrapped in 1973.

Military awards and honors[edit]

Bald Eagle's crew was eligible for the following medals:

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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