USNS Blue Jacket (T-AF-51)
USNS Blue Jacket (T-AF-51) was an Alstede-class stores ship acquired by the U.S. Navy from the U.S. Army in 1950 for use by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS). During the war she was operated by the United Fruit Company, then in 1947 by the Black Diamond Steamship Corporation and, after return to the Maritime Commission in 1948, by the U.S. Army under charter.
|Ordered:||a C2-S-B1 type freighter, MC hull 183|
|Laid down:||23 October 1941|
|Launched:||14 February 1942|
|Acquired:||1 March 1950|
|Commissioned:||1 March 1950|
|Decommissioned:||19 August 1970|
|Struck:||19 October 1971|
|Fate:||sold for scrapping, 1 March 1973|
|Displacement:||6,329 t.(lt) 13,893 t.(fl)|
|Length:||459 ft 3 in (139.98 m)|
|Beam:||63 ft (19 m)|
|Draught:||25 ft 9 in (7.85 m)|
Blue Jacket—a C2-S-B1 type freighter—was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 183) on 23 October 1941 at Oakland, California, by the Moore Dry Dock Co.; launched on 14 February 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Edward U. Read; and delivered to her operators, the United Fruit Co., on 25 March 1943.
Assigned to the MSTS
Acquired by the Navy, from the Army, on 1 March 1950, Blue Jacket was classified as a refrigerator ship, T-AF-51, and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Atlantic Area. She operated as such, lifting cargoes of various kinds (mostly consisting of refrigerated stores) between the United States and European ports through the late 1960s. Taken out of service with MSTS on 19 August 1970,
Inactivation and decommissioning
Blue Jacket was transferred on that day to the temporary custody of the Maritime Administration for lay-up in the James River, Virginia. On 1 September 1971, she was transferred to the permanent custody of that agency; and her name was struck from the Navy list on 19 October 1971. Sold to Andy International, Inc., of Houston, Texas, on 1 March 1973, the ship was later scrapped.
Military awards and honors
Blue Jacket's crew was eligible for the following medals:
- "USNS Blue Jacket (T-AF-51)". NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive. NavSource Online. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- Photo gallery of Blue Jacket at NavSource Naval History