Commissioned as a heavy-hull repair ship (ARH 1), the JASON was the fourth and final ship in the VULCAN - class. The JASON was redesignated as repair ship (AR 8) on September 9, 1957. The origin of the name JASON is in Greek mythology. Jason was the son of Aeson, King of Iolcus in Thessaly, who commanded the ship ARGO on the famous voyage in quest of the Golden Fleece.
USS JASON was both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on June 24, 1995. At that point of time, the JASON was the Navy's oldest ship in active commission. JASON was subsequently berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benecia, Calif. The ship was sold for scrap in November 2006. The JASON was later towed to Marine Metal, Inc., at Brownsville, Tx., arriving there on March 1, 2007. Scrapping started shortly thereafter.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: November 4, 1940|
|Keel laid: March 9, 1942|
|Launched: April 3, 1943|
|Commissioned: June 19, 1944|
|Decommissioned: June 24, 1995|
|Builder: Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., San Pedro, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: four boilers, two steam turbines, two propeller shafts, 11,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 529.5 feet (161.4 meters)|
|Beam: 73.2 feet (22.3 meters)|
|Draft: 23.3 feet (7.1 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 16,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 19.2 knots|
|Armament: four 20mm guns|
|Crew: approx. 1000|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS JASON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS JASON:
|January 27, 1973||western Pacific|
USS JASON suffers minor damage when struck by the Japanese cargo ship KORO MARU while en route from Sasebo, Japan, to Keelung, Taiwan.
|February 10, 1986||75 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, Hi.|
The USS WILLAMETTE (AO 180) collides with the USS JASON during a formation steaming exercise, killing one and injuring eight. The collision smashes the WILLAMETTE's starboard bow from the rail to below the waterline. A large vertical rupture from deck to waterline on the port side of the JASON forces the ship to be towed back to port.
USS JASON Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken and contributed by Michael Martin and shows the JASON arriving at Marine Metal, Inc., Brownsville, Texas. There, the JASON was subsequently scrapped. The photo was taken on March 1, 2007.