USS Fentress (AK-180)

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United States
Name: Fentress
Namesake: Fentress County, Tennessee
Ordered: as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2376[1]
Builder: Kaiser Shipbuilding Co., Richmond, California
Yard number: 72[1]
Laid down: 1944
Launched: 10 March 1945
Sponsored by: Mrs. G. M. Ellis
Commissioned: 4 May 1945
Decommissioned: 20 February 1946
Struck: 5 June 1946
Fate: assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service, 1 July 1950
United States
Name: Fentress
Operator: Military Sea Transportation Service
In service: 1 July 1950
Out of service: unknown
Struck: 15 October 1973
Identification: Hull symbol: T-AK-180
Fate: transferred 21 November 1973, to Maritime Administration
Status: transferred 20 July 1974
Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
Name: Fentress
In service: 20 July 1974
Out of service: 4 July 1982
Fate: transferred 4 July 1982
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Name: Fentress
In service: 4 July 1982
Status: fate unknown
General characteristics [2]
Class and type: Alamosa-class cargo ship
Type: C1-M-AV1
Tonnage: 5,032 long tons deadweight (DWT)[1]
  • 2,382 long tons (2,420 t) (standard)
  • 7,450 long tons (7,570 t) (full load)
Length: 388 ft 8 in (118.47 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Draft: 21 ft 1 in (6.43 m)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 1 × propeller
Speed: 11.5 kn (21.3 km/h; 13.2 mph)
  • 3,945 t (3,883 long tons) DWT
  • 9,830 cu ft (278 m3) (refrigerated)
  • 227,730 cu ft (6,449 m3) (non-refrigerated)
  • 15 Officers
  • 70 Enlisted

USS Fentress (AK-180/T-AK-180) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship acquired by the US Navy during the final months of World War II. In 1950, she was reactivated and placed into service with the Military Sea Transportation Service as USNS Fentress. She was ultimately transferred to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.


Fentress was launched on 10 March 1945, by Kaiser Cargo, Inc., Richmond, California, under a Maritime Commission contract, MC hull 2376; sponsored by Mrs. G. M. Ellis; and commissioned 4 May 1945, Lieutenant G. T. Malley, USNR, in command.[3]

Service history[edit]

World War II-related service[edit]

After shakedown and availability, Fentress engaged in local operations until 27 June 1945 when she departed San Francisco, California, to transport cargo among the Philippine Islands. On 20 February 1946 she was placed out of commission and returned to the U.S. Maritime Commission.[3]

Service with the MSTS[edit]

After the organization of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Fentress was reacquired on 1 July 1950 for service.[3]

Merchant service[edit]

Fentress was struck from the Navy List on 15 October 1973 and transferred to the Government of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands on 20 July 1974.[2]

On 4 July 1982, she was transferred permanently to the Republic of the Marshall Islands, her fate is unknown.[2]

This ship was apparently still docked on the Hawaiian Islands in 1982, as it was seen on the Magnum P.I. episode, "I do".[citation needed]




Online resources

External links[edit]

  • Photo gallery of USS Fentress (AK-180) at NavSource Naval History