USS Cimarron (AO-177)
USS Cimarron before the jumboization, 1983
|Awarded:||9 August 1976|
|Laid down:||18 May 1978|
|Launched:||28 April 1979|
|Acquired:||15 December 1980|
|Commissioned:||10 January 1981|
|Decommissioned:||15 December 1998|
|Struck:||3 May 1999|
|Status:||Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Ship passed through the Panama Canal on 15 December 2012 on its way to a ESCO Marine in Brownsville, Texas for recycling.|
|Displacement:||36,977 tons full load|
|Length:||700 ft (210 m)|
|Beam:||88 ft (27 m)|
|Draft:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Speed:||20 kn (37 km/h)|
|Complement:||12 officers, 148 enlisted|
|Armament:||2 × 25 MM Cannons 2 × 20 MM Phalanx Cannons CIWIS 4 × 50 Cal. Machine Guns|
U.S.S. Cimarron (AO-177) was the lead ship of the Cimarron-class of fleet oilers of the United States Navy. Cimarron was built at the Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) starting in 1978 and was commissioned in 1981 for service in the Pacific Fleet. Total cost for the ship was $ 136.7 million. Between 1989 and 1991 Cimarron was "jumboized", meaning that, after cutting the ship into two sections after about a third from the bow, a 35.7 m long section was added to increase the fuel load. Cimarron was decommissioned in 1998. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register the following year and her title was transferred to the Maritime Administration. On 26 January 1999 she departed Pearl Harbor under tow and was placed in Suisun Bay, California, with the National Defense Reserve Fleet, where she remains currently moored.
- 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.
- USS Cimarron Association
- 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.