# Richmond shipyard
A complete tour of one of the last of its kind Victory ships - Pt.2
What a great piece of American history. I took a complete tour of the ship, including the engine room. It was very cool seeing how this ship was run. Service History of the Red Oak Victory After final outfitting, USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) was commissioned as a US Navy vessel on December 5, 1944. Only a very few Victory ships became Navy commissioned vessels and they were designated as either AK (auxiliary cargo ships) or AT (attack transports). AS AN AK, the USS Red Oak Victory carried ammunition to supply the needs of the Pacific Fleet in World War II. Ships of the US Pacific Fleet at Ulithi Atoll, March 1945 In January 1945, USS Red Oak Victory under command of Lieutenant Commander John S. Sayers, USNR, with a crew of 13 officers and 91 enlisted men sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge to war service in the Pacific Theater of Operations. She would not return to the United States for 18 months.