Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship
- Authorized, 17 December 1943, as Barracks Ship (non-self propeller) APL-40
- Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) APB-40, 8 August 1944
- Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
- Launched, 6 May 1945
- Commissioned USS Nueces (APB-40), 30 November 1945
- Inactive-in-Commission at Green Cove Springs, FL., March 1946
- Decommissioned, 30 September 1955
- Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
- Recommissioned, 3 May 1968
- Decommissioned, 13 March 1970, at US Naval Station Long Beach, CA.
- Assigned to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, San Diego CA., 16 April 1970
- Assigned to Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Seattle, berthed at WISCO Portland OR., 19 August 1974
- Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (IX-503), a messing and berthing barge, 1 November 1975, assigned to US Naval Ship Repair Facility, Sasebo, Japan
- Reclassified Barracks Ship (non-self propeller) APL-40, 3 July 2001
- APL-40 is part of the CincPacFlt Berthing and Messing Program and is berthed at SRF Yokosuka, Japan
Displacement 2,189 t.
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 12 kts.
Berthing Capacity 990
Armament two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two quad 40mm gun mounts, twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
Propulsion 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders.