USNS MARS was the lead ship of the MARS - class and the Navy's first Combat Stores Ship. On February 1, 1993, MARS became the second ship in her class to be transferred to the Military Sealift Command. Finally decommissioned in 1998, MARS spent the following years berthed at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Pearl Harbor, HI., and was sunk as a target during RIMPAC 2006 on July 15, 2006.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: May 9, 1961|
|Keel laid: May 5, 1962|
|Launched: June 15, 1963|
|Commissioned: December 21, 1963|
|Decommissioned: February 1, 1993|
|MSC "in Service": February 1, 1993|
|MSC decommissioned: February 19, 1998|
|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 MARS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USNS / USS MARS:
|May 27, 1966||Tokyo Bay, Japan|
USS MARS is slightly damaged in a collision with the merchant ship SEIWA MARU in dense fog at the entrance to Tokyo Bay.
|May 14, 1979||off Point Loma, Ca.|
USS COOK (FF 1083) and USS MARS collide off Point Loma near San Diego, Ca., injuring seven.
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