USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)

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United States
  • Dalton Victory
  • Sunnyvale
Ordered: as type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, MCV hull 21
Builder: California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California
Laid down: 8 April 1944, as SS Dalton Victory
Launched: 6 June 1944
Completed: 19 July 1944
Acquired: 2 April 1948, by the US Army Transportation Service
Commissioned: date unknown, as USAT Dalton Victory
Decommissioned: 8 August 1950
In service: 9 August 1950, with MSTS as USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256)
Out of service: date unknown
Renamed: USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5), 27 October 1960
Reclassified: 27 October 1960 as USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5)
Struck: 15 December 1974
Fate: sold for scrapping, 17 July 1975, to National Metal & Steel Corp.
General characteristics [1]
Class and type:
  • 4,512 metric tons (4,441 long tons) (standard)
  • 15,589 metric tons (15,343 long tons) (full load)
Length: 455 ft (139 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 29 ft 2 in (8.89 m)
Installed power: 8,500 shp (6,300 kW)
  • 1 × cross compound steam turbine
  • 1 × shaft
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h; 17.8 mph)
Complement: 99
Aviation facilities:

USNS Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) was a Greenville Victory cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1950.

In 1960 she was renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5) and placed in service as a missile range instrumentation ship, and assigned to the Pacific Missile Range, where she performed missile tracking duties.

Constructed in Los Angeles, California[edit]

Dalton Victory (T-AK-256) was built by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California, and was completed in 1944.

Acquired by MSTS as a cargo ship[edit]

Dalton Victory was acquired by the Navy and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in a noncommissioned status on 9 August 1950.

Assigned as a missile tracking ship[edit]

On 27 October 1960 Dalton Victory was reconfigured as a missile range instrumentation ship and renamed USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5).

USNS Sunnyvale carried out a multitude of duties in the Pacific Ocean through 1962, including operations in support of the Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu, California.


Sunnyvale was placed out of service at an unknown date, and was struck from the Navy List on 15 December 1974. She was disposed of by the U.S. Maritime Administration on 17 July 1975.


  1. ^ "USNS Sunnyvale (T-AGM-5)". Retrieved June 4, 2015.