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HISTORY & SPECS
of USNS GENERAL MAURICE ROSE
(United States Naval Ship)



From Sea Classics Magazine
Issue: April, 2004

"The General Rose was scrapped in Texas during the year 2000."
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  Excepted from Sea Classics article: "From Admirals to Generals: Little-known History of the Ten P2-SE2-R1 Troop Ships:

"The General Maurice Rose (AP 126 ) operated out of New York in the Atlantic and Mediterranean from 1950 to 1965. Steaming primarily between New York and Bremerhaven, Germany, she completed more than 150 round-trip voyages. In addition, the Rose was deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times. Between January and March, 1957, the Rose made three trips to Europe in support of transporting Hungarian refugees back to the United States. The Rose departed New York August 14,1957, for transport duty to Southeast Asia and returned to New York October 18. For the first eight months of 1966, she made eight round-trips to Europe and back. She sailed again from New York on September 8 for trooplift duty to South Vietnam. The ship returned to New York in late January 1967 for overhaul and was placed in Ready Reserve status at the James River Reserve Fleet, Virginia. The General Rose was scrapped in Texas during the year 2000."


NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

AP-126 Admiral Hugh Rodman
USAT / T-AP-126 General Maurice Rose

 

Admiral W S Benson Class Transport: Laid down, 24 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (P2-SE2-R1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 684), at Bethlehem-Alameda Shipyard Inc., Alameda, CA.; Launched, 25 February 1945; Commissioned USS Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126), 7 July 1945; Decommissioned, (date unknown); Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet; Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service, (date unknown); Placed in service as USAT General Maurice Rose; Reacquired by the Navy, 1 March 1950; Assigned to the Military Sea Transport Service (MSTS); Placed In-Service as USNS General Maurice Rose (T-AP-126); Placed Out-of-Service and Struck from the Naval Register, 20 August 1990; Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet; Final Disposition, unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 9,676 t(lt) 20,120 t.(fl).; Length 608' 11"; Beam 75' 6"; Draft 26' 11"; Speed 19kts; Complement 618; Troop Capacity, 5,200; Cargo Capacity, 100,000 cu. ft.;Armament, four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, four twin 40mm gun mounts, 14 twin 20mm gun mounts; Propulsion, turbo-electric, two propellers, 19,000shp.


Who was Admiral Hugh Rodman?
By Website Staff

  From various web sources, it is known that Rodman commanded U.S. Battleship Division 9 in the Atlantic in World War I and combined with the British Grand Fleet in the North Sea to limit German U-Boat activities. In 1917, Admiral Rodman became Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.


From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships

USNS/USS General Maurice Rose

 

Admiral Hugh Rodman (AP-126) (q. v.) was reacquired by the Navy from the Army Transport Service as General Maurice Rose 1 March 1950 and assigned to MSTS. Manned by a civilian crew, she operated out of New York in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean during the next 15 years. Steaming primarily between New York and Bremerhaven, Germany, she completed more than 150 round-trip voyages while carrying military dependents and European refugees and rotating combat-ready troops. In addition she deployed to the Mediterranean 17 times to support peace-keeping operations of the mighty 6th Fleet.

Following the gallant but abortive Hungarian Revolution in October 1956 General Maurice Rose completed three runs to Bremerhaven and back between 12 January and 27 March 1957 in support of the operation to transport Hungarian refugees to the United States. On three deployments to the Eastern Mediterranean between 1 April and 5 October, she supported units of the 6th Fleet during Communist-inspired political crises that threatened the pro-Western government of Jordan.

After completing nine voyages to Bremerhaven and back between 16 January and 4 August, General Maurice Rose departed New York 14 August for transport duty to Southeast Asia. In response to America's determination to defend the integrity and independence of South Vietnam from external Communist aggression, she sailed via Long Beach, Calif., and Pearl Harbor to Qui Nhon, South Vietnam, arriving 14 September, and debarking troops and supplies. Departing the 19th, she steamed via Okinawa and the West Coast and reached New York 18 October. During the first 8 months of 1966, she made eight round-trip runs to Europe and back. On 8 September she again departed New York for trooplift duty to South Vietnam. She operated in the Western Pacific, supporting the forces of freedom in Southeast Asia through the end of 1966. She returned to New York late in January 1967 for overhaul and was placed in ready reserve status.

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