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USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10)

- formerly RFA STROMNESS (A 344) -
- Military Sealift Command -
- decommissioned -
- sunk as a target -


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USNS SATURN was the last ship in the SIRIUS - class of Combat Stores Ship. All three ships in this class were transferred from the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary to the Military Sealift Command between 1981 and 1983. Deactivated on April 6, 2009, the SATURN was sunk as a target by ships of the GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) Strike Group off the US East Coast on October 26, 2010.

General Characteristics:Keel laid: October 1, 1965
Launched: September 1, 1966
Commissioned: August 10, 1967
MSC "in Service": December 1, 1983
Decommissioned: April 6, 2009
Builder: Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne, UK
Propulsion system: 1 Wallsend-Sulzer 8RD76 diesel
Propellers: one
Length: 524 feet (159.7 meters)
Beam: 72 feet (22 meters)
Draft: 22 feet (6.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 16,800 tons full load
Speed: 19 knots
Aircraft: two CH-46 helicopters
Armament: none
Crew: 49 Navy personnel, 115 civilian crew


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS SATURN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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USNS SATURN Patch Gallery:

HC-6 Det.2 MED '95-'96


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The photo below was taken by TJ Tropea. It shows the SIRIUS (T-AFS 8) and the SATURN inport Malaga, Spain, in 1984. At the time, SIRIUS had already been through the conversion, but the SATURN had not.



The photo below was taken by Brian Barton when USNS SATURN was at Naval Base Norfolk on July 23, 2002.



The photo below was taken by me and shows the SATURN at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on November 9, 2008.



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