USNS Pvt. John R. Towle (T-AK-240). This photograph was taken in 1975, during the ship's last visit to New Zealand. The ship had made many voyages to Antarctica between the early 1950s and mid 1970s, and had been a frequent visitor to New Zealand over the years. Since this was expected to be the
USNS Pvt. John R. Towle (T-AK-240) discharging cargo at Piraeus in 1977. At that time she was the last of the large fleet of WW-II Victory-class cargo ships operated by the Military Sealift Command. This This ship was finally retired in 1980, after 35 years of service.