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AFS-1 Mars Combat Stores Ship

The mission of the combat stores ship is to conduct underway replenishment in support of operating forces by providing refrigerated stores, dry provisions, technical spares, general stores, fleet freight, mail and personnel by alongside or vertical replenishment means. The seven Mars class combat stores ships are augmented by three T-AFS 8 Sirius-class stores ships purchased from England.

USNS Concord (T-AFS 5) became the first of five Navy Mars class ships to be transferred to Military Sealift Command on Oct. 15, 1992. Mars followed on Feb. 1, 1993, USNS San Diego on Aug. 11, 1993, USNS San Jose on Nov. 2, 1993 and USNS Niagara Falls on Sept. 23, 1994. San Diego was deactivated on Dec. 10, 1997, and Mars was deactivated on Feb. 12, 1998.

Specifications

Displacement Light Displacement: 9852 tons
Full Displacement: 17381 tons
Dead Weight: 7529 tons
Length Overall Length: 581 ft
Waterline Length: 530 ft
BeamExtreme Beam: 79 ft
Waterline Beam: 79 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 27 ft
Draft Limit: 28 ft
Speed 20 knots
Power Plant Three boilers, steam turbines, one shaft,
22,000 shaft horsepower
Aircraft Two UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
Armament 4 - three-inch/50-caliber guns;
2 - Phalanx close-in weapons systems to be fitted
ComplementOfficers: 42
Enlisted: 445
Builder National Steel and Shipbuilding

Ships

Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Mars AFS-1NASSCOOakland09 May 196121 Dec 196301 Feb 1993
Sylvania AFS-2NASSCO Norfolk19 Jan 196211 Jul 196405 Jan 1995
Niagara Falls T-AFS-3NASSCOGuam01 Apr 196429 Apr 1967
White Plains AFS-4NASSCOGuam18 Dec 196423 Nov 196824 Aug 1995
Concord T-AFS-5NASSCONorfolk18 Dec 196427 Nov 1968
San Diego AFS-6NASSCONorfolk28 Dec 196524 May 196911 Aug 1993
San Jose T-AFS-7NASSCOGuam07 Jul 196723 Oct 1970

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