|USS Pontotoc (AG-94)|
|Namesake:||Named for counties in Mississippi and Oklahoma|
|Builder:||Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin|
|Laid down:||15 January 1944 as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, (MC hull 2160)|
|Launched:||2 July 1944|
|Commissioned:||22 March 1945 as USS Pontotoc (AG-94)|
|Decommissioned:||26 April 1946|
|Reclassified:||AG-94, date unknown; AVS-7, 25 May 1945|
|Struck:||8 May 1946|
|Fate:||sold in 1947, renamed MV Taurus, later MV Tadjera|
|Notes:||ultimate fate unknown|
|Type:||Alamosa-class cargo ship|
|Tons burthen:||7,435 tons|
|Propulsion:||Diesel, single screw, 1,700shp|
|Complement:||85 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, six 20mm guns|
USS Pontotoc (AK-206/AG-94/AVS-7) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship acquired by the U.S. Navy shortly before the end of World War II. She was configured to carry aviation parts and spares, and to issue them to the U.S. Pacific Fleet and activities as needed.
Constructed at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin[edit | edit source]
Pontotoc (AVS–7), an aviation supply ship, was laid down as M. C. Hull 2160 by Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. 15 January 1944; classified AK-206 on 25 February 1944; launched 2 July 1944; acquired from the U.S. Maritime Commission on a loan-charter basis 28 February 1945; reclassified AG–94 on 12 March 1945; and commissioned 22 March 1945, Lt. Comdr. C. W. Lockard in command.
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After shakedown, Pontotoc transited the Panama Canal and arrived Pearl Harbor 18 April 1945. Reclassified as AVS-7 effective 25 May, Pontotoc steamed for the Philippine Islands, reporting for duty 8 July at Guiuan, Samar, Philippine Islands. She provided aviation stores on station in the Philippines through the end of hostilities.
Post-war inactivation[edit | edit source]
Pontotoc then proceeded to the 12th Naval District. She decommissioned and was delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) 26 April at San Francisco, California. Struck from the Navy List 8 May 1946, she was sold in 1947 to the French firm Messageries Maritimes, and renamed MV Taurus. In 1960 she was sold again and renamed MV Tadjera. Her ultimate fate is unknown.
References[edit | edit source]
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - AK-206 / AG-94 / AVS-7 Pontotoc
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