USNS Spica (T-AFS-9)
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|Ordered:||For the Royal Navy as RFA Tarbatness (A-345)|
|Builder:||Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend-On-Tyne, United Kingdom|
|Laid down:||1 April 1965|
|Launched:||1 February 1967|
|Acquired:||purchased by the U.S. Navy, 1 November 1981|
|In service:||1 November 1981, as USNS Spica (T-AFS-9)|
|Out of service:||26 January 2008|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|Fate:||Sunk as target in Training exercise Sinkex, 9 May 2009.|
|Class & type:||Sirius-class combat stores ship|
|Tonnage:||6475 deadweight tonnage|
|Tons burthen:||16,680 tons|
|Length:||523 ft (159 m) o/a|
|Beam:||72 ft (22 m)|
|Draft:||26 ft (7.9 m) (max.)|
|Propulsion:||1 × diesel engine, 11,520 bhp (8,590 kW), single propeller|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h)|
|Complement:||123 Civilian, 47 Navy|
|Aircraft carried:||2 × UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters|
Built in England
The Spica, originally known as RFA Tarbatness (A345) was built at Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend-On-Tyne, England, for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She was laid down on 1 April 1965 and was launched on 1 February 1967.
The Spica was purchased by the U.S. Navy, and was then placed into service as a combat supply ship on 1 November 1981 as the USNS Spica (T-AFS-9), a unit of the Military Sealift Command (MSC), MSC Naval Auxiliary Force.
The Spica’s mission was to provide underway replenishment in support of naval forces by providing refrigerated supplies, dry supplies, spare parts, general supplies, fleet freight, mail, and replacement personnel by alongside or by vertical replenishment processes.
There is no current operational history on Spica.
Honors and awards
Qualified USS Spica personnel are authorized the following medals:
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
- Navy Battle Efficiency E Ribbon
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
There is no journal entry on Spica (T-AFS-9) at DANFS.
- Photo gallery of USNS Spica (T-AFS-9) – ex-RFA Tarbatness (A-345) at NavSource Naval History