|USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180)|
USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180), San Francisco, 1950s
|Name:||USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180)|
|Namesake:||US Army General David C. Shanks|
|Acquired:||(By the Army): 24 April 1943|
Army:1943 - 1950|
MSTS: 15 Mar 1950 - Oct 1958
MC Hull Type C3-1N-P&C|
MC Hull No. 165
|One battle star for Korean War service|
|Class & type:||George W. Goethals|
|Displacement:||10,418 tons (fl)|
|Beam:||69 ft 6 in|
|Draft:||27 ft 4 in|
|Propulsion:||Steam turbine, single screw|
David C. Shanks was a troop transport that served with the US Army during World War II as USAT David C. Shanks, and during the Korean War with the US Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service as the USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180).
Service history[edit | edit source]
The ship was originally laid down under the name SS American Farmer as a Maritime Commission Type C3 ship (specifically, a Type C3-1N-P&C, or Passenger & Cargo type) by Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was delivered on 24 April 1943 and turned over to the US Army Transportation Service, who renamed her USAT David C . Shanks.
On 15 March 1950 the ship was transferred to the MSTS and became the USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180). The ship participated in operations to contain the Communist Chinese advance in Korea during the conflict there between December 1950-January 1951, and earned a battle star for her service.
David C. Shanks was inactivated and returned to the Maritime Administration in October 1958, after which she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. She was scrapped in 1973.
References[edit | edit source]
- "USNS David C. Shanks (T-AP-180), 1943-1973". http://www.history.navy.mil: DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER. http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-d/ap180.htm. Retrieved June 2012. "USNS David C. Shanks, a 10,556-ton George W. Goethals-class transport."
- David C. Shanks - DANFS Online.
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