AFS-1 oiler ship model
USS Mars was the first of a new
class that was intended to replace three types of
supply ships: the AF, AKS, and AVS. Two
innovations were Boeing UH‑46 helicopters and an
automatic highline shuttle transfer system to make a
fast transfer of supplies possible.
To speed replenishment
processing, USS Mars became the first ship in the
Pacific Fleet to be equipped with a 1004 Univac
USS Mars provided logistic support to the 7th Fleet
at sea, especially off Vietnam. Typical of the
combat supply activities was a night vertical
replenishment of USS Canberra (CAG‑2) while the
heavy cruiser's guns were roaring. USS Mars
had taken an especially active part in similar
operations helping block Vietcong aggression in
South Vietnam. She set several replenishment
records in 1967 and 1968, and into 1969 continued to
play an important role in the fleet operations in
USS Mars was decommissioned on 19 February 1998, and
laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Pearl Harbor,
Hawaii. In July 1006, she was disposed of as a
target during RIMPAC 2006 exercises off the coast of
Hawaii. She rests in 2,750 fathoms of water
some 54 miles off the coast.
USS Mars received the Navy Unit Commendation and
eleven campaign stars for Vietnam War service.
Like all of our warship models, this
USS MARS model has the following qualities:
hull construction (very important), weighing less than 10 lbs
(A solid hull of this model would be over 30 lbs
which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art
- Hollow superstructure is comprised of many
individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not
several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
- Rust appearance to
portray realism: A rough oiler, not a shiny toy.
long 6" wide x 13.5 tall
S & H is $90