|USNS Captain Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)|
|Name:||Capt. Arlo L. Olson|
|Namesake:||A U.S. Army name retained: Arlo L. Olson|
|Ordered:||as type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2478|
|Builder:||J. A. Jones Construction Company, Brunswick, Georgia|
|Laid down:||as MV Bell Ringer (date unknown)|
|Commissioned:||30 August 1946 as USAT Capt. Arlo I. Olson|
|Decommissioned:||circa 1 March 1950|
|In service:||circa 1 March 1950 as USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)|
|Out of service:||25 October 1956|
|Struck:||22 May 1958|
|Fate:||sold for scrapping, 4 March 1971|
|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|
USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245) was an Alamosa-class cargo ship that was constructed for the United States Navy during the closing period of World War II. However, the war ended, and she was transferred to the U.S. Army as USAT Capt. Arlo L. Olson in 1946 who kept her in service until transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1950.
Built in Brunswick, Georgia
The ship was laid down as MV Bell Ringer on (date unknown) and launched on (date unknown) at J. A. Jones Construction Company, Brunswick, Georgia, as a type (C1-M-AV1) under U.S. Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2478). She was acquired by the U.S. Maritime Commission on 11 August 1945 and issued to the Waterman Steamship Corporation under a bare bottom charter.
U.S. Army service
She was returned to the U.S. War Department 13 August 1946 and assigned to the U.S. Army which commissioned her on 30 August 1946 as USAT Capt. Arlo I. Olson. She was retained by the U.S. Army until she was transferred to the U.S. Navy in 1950.
Captain Arlo L. Olson (AK-245) was acquired from the U.S. Army on 1 March 1950 and immediately transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245) for permanent assignment. She continued to serve the U.S. Navy until she was placed out of service on 25 October 1956.
Honors and awards
Qualified vessel personnel were authorized the following:
- 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 - USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245) - ex- USAT Capt. Arlo L. Olson (1946 - 1950)
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