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USNS Aiken Victory (T-AP-188)
SS Aiken Victory
SS Aiken Victory in San Francisco Bay, c. 1947-48
Career US flag 48 stars.svg
Name: USNS Aiken Victory (T-AP-188)
Builder: Bethlehem Steel, Fairfield yard
Laid down: 13 October 1944
Launched: 30 November 1944
Sponsored by: Mrs E. H. Wyman
Acquired: (By the Navy): 21 July 1950
In service: Commercial: 1945 - 1948
MSTS: 21 July 1950 - December 1952
Struck: 12 February 1953
Identification: MC hull type VC2-S-AP2, MC hull no. 616
Honors and
Eight battle stars for Korean War service
Fate: Sold for scrap, 10 August 1971
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,480 tons (lt), 10,680 t. (fl)
Length: 455 ft
Beam: 62 ft
Draft: 29 ft 2 in
Propulsion: Cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500 shp
Speed: 15.5 knots
Armament: None

USNS Aiken Victory (T-AP-188) was a troop transport that served with the United States Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) during the Korean War. Prior to her MSTS service, she served under the same name as a commercial vessel.

Aiken Victory was laid down on 13 October 1944 at Baltimore, Maryland, by the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., under a Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 616); launched on 30 November 1944; and delivered to the Maritime Commission on 30 December 1944.

Commercial serviceEdit

During World War II, Aiken Victory was operated by the firm Mississippi Shipping, under a contract with the Maritime Commission.

Following the end of hostilities, that company continued to operate her under contract. However, by April 1948, she was apparently inactive for the name of no operator appears below her name in the American Bureau of Shipping Record.

MSTS serviceEdit

The Navy acquired the ship on 21 July 1950 in the wake of the outbreak of hostilities in Korea the previous month. Designated T-AP-188, the ship was assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service as a troop transport.

Operated by a civil service crew, USNS Aiken Victory carried troops in the Korean War combat zone for almost 30 months. Late in 1952 the transport returned to the United States and was transferred back to the Maritime Commission on 19 December 1952. She was berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Olympia, Wash. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 12 February 1953. She remained with the National Defense Reserve Fleet until 10 August 1971 at which time she was sold to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc., for scrapping.


Aiken Victory received eight battle stars for her Korean War service.


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