From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Bondia is a planetoid.

(AF-42: dp. 3139; l. 338'6"; b. 50'; dr. 21'1", s. 11.5 k.; cpl. 84; a. 13"; cl. Adria)

Bondia (AF-42) was launched 9 November 1944 by Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, Tex., under a Maritime Commission contract; transferred to the Navy 31 March 1945, commissioned 17 April 1945, Lieutenant M. L. Austin, USNR, in command; and joined the Pacific Fleet.

Bondia loaded fresh provisions at Mobile, Ala. (12-17 May 1945) and then stood out for the South Pacific, but was obliged to remain at Balboa, C. Z. (26 May-1 July) in order to obtain spare parts for her refrigeration plant. She then steamed to the Philippines and unloaded at Mindoro, Manila, and Calicoan Island (16-28 August). She carried fresh provisions from Manus, Admiralty Islands, to bases in the Philippines until 1 February 1946. She then made a voyage to the United States (1 February-3 April 1946) following which she provisioned units in China, Korea, and Japan. Bondia returned to San Francisco 28 June 1946; was decommissioned 29 July 1946; and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day.

Bondia was reacquired from the Maritime Administration 27 July 1851 and has since served in a non-commissioned status with the Military Sea Transportation Service in the Atlantic.