TULARE (LKA-112)


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Year Built
1956
Official Number
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Ship Yard
Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Division
General Type
Military
Specific Type
AK/AKA/LKA
MARAD Type
C4-S-1b
Ship Length
564.0 feet
Beam
76.00 feet
Mast Height
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Net Tons
--
Gross Tons
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Cargo Capacity
--
Draft, Summer
--
Draft, Lightweight
14.4 tons
Displacement, Summer
18040 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
9467 tons
Immersion, Summer
67.0 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
60.0 tons
Fate
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Historical Narrative



The Attack Cargo Ship Tulare was initially constructed by the Maritime Administration as the Evergreen Mariner, one of 35 such ships constructed for a “build and charter” program in the early 1950s.  The construction contract was assumed by the Navy after the ship was launched on December 22, 1953, at San Francisco, California, by the Bethlehem Pacific Coast Steel Corp. 

The ship was renamed Tulare and designated as AKA-112 on June 10, 1954. The ship was then converted to an attack cargo ship by its building yard.  It was delivered to the Navy on January 10, 1956 and commissioned on January 12, 1956.                  

Tulare was employed actively by the Navy in the Pacific for its entire career and was very active during the Vietnam War.  The ship was removed from the active amphibious force on July 1, 1975 and assigned to the Naval Reserve Force. Tulare spent its last years of active service as part of the Naval Reserve Training Program, operating out of San Francisco.  In 1982 the ship was considered for transfer to the Maritime Administration as a prospective replacement training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with the similar (Mariner conversion) Attack Transport Ships Francis Marion and Paul Revere; however, none of the ships were selected.  Tulare was decommissioned on March 31, 1986, and subsequently laid-up in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet.  It was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on August 31, 1992, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.  Tulare received 11 battle stars, one Navy Unit Commendation, and one Meritorious Unit Commendation for its Vietnam service.

The Maritime Administration has completed a National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessment for Tulare which includes a narrative history of the vessel.  It can be viewed in the Documents section.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

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Milestones


Event: Ship name change
Date: 1/12/1956

EVERGREEN MARINER name changed to TULARE
Event: Transfer
Date: 1/12/1956

Transferred from Maritime Administration to US Navy.
Event: Entry
Date: 2/19/1980

ex-EVERGREEN MARINER Vessel is a US Navy asset.
Event: Acquisition
Date: 4/1/1998

MARAD acquired title from US Navy
Event: Departed Fleet
Date: 12/14/2011

Departed Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet under domestic scrap sale.

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Documents


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