USNS SAN JOSE was the seventh and final ship in the MARS - class of Combat Stores Ships and from November 2, 1993, on she was operated by the Military Sealift Command.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 7, 1967|
|Keel laid: March 8, 1969|
|Launched: December 13, 1969|
|Commissioned: October 23, 1968|
|MSC "in Service": November 2, 1993|
|Decommissioned: January 27, 2010|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, Ca.|
|Propulsion system: 3 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 580 psi (40.8 kg/cm2); 8250F (4400C); 1 De Laval turbine|
|Length: 581 feet (177 meters)|
|Beam: 79 feet (24.1 meters)|
|Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 17,300 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: two CH-46 helicopters|
|Armament: none in peacetime|
|Capacity: 7,300 tons of cargo|
|Crew: 49 Navy personnel, 125 civilian crew|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS SAN JOSE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS / USNS SAN JOSE Cruise Books:
About the Ship’s Coat of Arms:
The origin of the insignia of the USS SAN JOSE lies in early maritime history. The circular shape symbolices the manner in which the seas encompass the earth. The two undulating lines come from ancient Greece and represent the two oceans which border the United States. The grape vine and wheat are taken from the seal of the city of San Jose. They typify the city's role as a center of agriculture. The wheat also signifies man's need for nourishment and relates to the SAN JOSE's mission of supplying the fleet with food. The olive branch stands for the United States Navy's role as peace keeper of the seas. The upraised forearm and fist have their source in medieval heraldy and mean "ready for action."
Collectively, the insignia expresses the SAN JOSE's dual heritage from the city and the United States Navy and its dual mission: The first is to aid in keeping the peace and the second is to carry stores to United States Navy ships where ever they may be.
USNS / USS SAN JOSE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the SAN JOSE laid-up at Pearl Harbor, Hi, waiting to be sunk as a target. The photos were taken on March 20, 2010.