High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! USS Mink (IX-123), an
Armadillo-class tanker designated an unclassified miscellaneous
vessel, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for
the mink, a mammal found in the cooler latitudes of the Northern
Hemisphere, valued for its lustrous fur. Her keel was laid down as
Judah Touro 20 October 1943 under a Maritime Commission contract
(T. Z.ET1.S.C3) by Delta S. B. Shipbuilding Company, New Orleans,
Louisiana. She was launched on 4 December 1943 sponsored by Mrs. E.
S. Lazarus, renamed Mink 27 October 1943, acquired by the Navy 8
January 1944, and commissioned on 9 January 1944 with Lieutenant W.
J. Meagher in command.
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