USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201)

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USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201)
Career (USA)
Name: USNS Patuxent
Namesake: The Patuxent River in Maryland
Ordered: 24 March 1989
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana
Laid down: 16 October 1991
Launched: 23 July 1994
In service: 21 June 1995-present
Status: In active Military Sealift Command service
General characteristics
Class & type: Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler
Tonnage: 31,200 DWT
Displacement: 9,500 tons light
42,000 long tons (43,000 t) full load
Length: 677 ft (206 m)
Beam: 97 ft 5 in (29.69 m)
Draft: 35 ft (11 m) maximum
Installed power: 16,000 hp (12,000 kW) per shaft
34,442 hp (25,683 kW) 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: 159,000 barrels (25,300 m3) of fuel oil and jet fuel
7,400 sq ft (690 m2) dry cargo space
8 20-foot (6.1 m) refrigerated containers with room for 128 pallets
Complement: 1 U.S. Navy officer
20 U.S. Navy enlisted personnel
18 civilian officers
64 merchant seamen
103 total
Armament: Peacetime: usually none
Wartime: probably 2 × 20-mm Phalanx CIWS[clarification needed]
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing platform
Notes: Five refueling stations
Two dry cargo transfer rigs
For other ships of the same name, see USS Patuxent.

USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) is a Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler operated by the Military Sealift Command to support ships of the United States Navy.

Patuxent, the fifteenth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 16 October 1991 and launched on 23 July 1994. She was the first of three ships in the class of eighteen—the other two being USNS Laramie (T-AO-203) and USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204)—to be built with a double hull required by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Hull separation is 6 feet (1.8 m) at the sides and 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) at the bottom, reducing her liquid cargo capacity by about 21,000 barrels (3,300 m3) from that of the 15 single-hull ships in the class.

Patuxent entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under the control of the Military Sealift Command with a primarily civilian crew on 21 June 1995. She serves in the United States Atlantic Fleet.

Patuxent air lifts cargo to USS Makin Island (LHD-8)

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