USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196)
USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196)
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||The Kanawha River in West Virginia|
|Awarded:||1 February 1987|
|Builder:||Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania|
|Laid down:||13 July 1989|
|Launched:||22 September 1990|
|In service:||6 December 1991-present|
|Status:||In active service with U.S. Military Sealift Command|
|Class & type:||Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler|
|Tonnage:||31,200 deadweight tons|
|Displacement:||9,500 tons light
Full load variously reported as 42,382 tons and 40,700 long tons (41,353 metric tons)
|Length:||677 ft (206 m)|
|Beam:||97 ft 5 in (29.69 m)|
|Draft:||35 ft (11 m) maximum|
|Installed power:||16,000 hp (11.9 MW) per shaft
34,442 hp (25.7 MW) total sustained
|Propulsion:||Two medium-speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 diesel engines, two shafts, controllable-pitch propellers|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Capacity:||178,000 to 180,000 barrels (28,300 to 28,600 m3) of fuel oil and jet fuel
7,400 sq ft (690 m2) dry cargo space; eight 20-foot (6.1 m) refrigerated containers with room for 128 pallets
|Complement:||103 (18 civilian officers, 1 U.S. Navy officer, 64 merchant seamen, 20 U.S. Navy enlisted personnel)|
Wartime: probably 2 x 20-mm Phalanx CIWS
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing platform|
|Notes:||Five refueling stations
Two dry cargo transfer rigs
USNS Kanawha, the tenth Henry J. Kaiser-class ship, was laid down by the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania, on 13 July 1989. She was launched on 22 September 1990 and delivered to the U.S. Navy and placed in non-commissioned service with the Military Sealift Command on 6 December 1991.
On November 18, 2010, USNS Kanawha “briefly came into contact” with HMCS Fredericton of the Royal Canadian Navy during a replenishment-at-sea manoeuvre off the coast of Florida. There were no injuries, but both ships suffered “superficial” damage consisting of scrapes and dents on both hulls.
- "HMCS Fredericton slightly damaged in accident". CBC. November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2010.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive T-AO-196 Kanawha
- USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196)
- Wildenberg, Thomas (1996). Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
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