USS Kennebec (AO-36)

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USS Kennebec
Career (US)
Name: USS Kennebec
Namesake: Kennebec River
Ordered: 1 November 1939
Builder: Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard
Laid down: 12 August 1940
Launched: 19 April 1941
Acquired: 13 January 1942
Commissioned: 4 February 1942
Decommissioned: 29 June 1970
Struck: 15 July 1976
Motto: Service God, Country, Fleet
Honors and
awards:
1 battle star (World War II)
7 campaign stars (Vietnam)
Fate: Scrapped, 1982
General characteristics
Class & type: Kennebec class oiler
Type: MARAD T2
Tonnage: 15,910 DWT
Displacement: 21,077 tons
Length: 501 ft 8 in (152.91 m)
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)
Draft: 29 ft 8.5 in (9.055 m)
Depth: 37 ft (11 m)
Installed power: 12,000 shp (8,900 kW)
Propulsion: geared steam turbine
single screw
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)
Capacity: 130,000 bbl (~18,000 t)
Complement: 214–247
Armament: 1 × 5"/38 caliber gun mounts
4 × 3"/50 caliber gun mounts
8 × 40 mm AA gun mounts
8 × 20 mm AA gun mounts
2 × depth charge projectors

USS Kennebec (AO-36) was originally the SS Corsicana, a Kennebec class T2 tanker that was built by Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard in Sparrows Point, Maryland. It was delivered to Socony-Vacuum Oil Company (later Mobil Oil) on 8 August 1941. It was purchased by the United States Navy on 13 January 1942 and renamed Kennebec.

Service history[edit]

The fleet oiler later had an eventful career, in so far as it was decommissioned four times and twice stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. Kennebec was decommissioned on 4 September 1950 at San Diego, California, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet for only four months. It was already recommissioned on 11 January 1951, at Oakland, California, with Commander A.G. Beckman in command. On 25 September 1954 it was decommissioned, again at San Diego and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group. The next time it was recommissioned on 14 December 1956, Cdr. Naden F. Stimac commanding the ship, only to be decommissioned again on 31 October 1957. This time the ship was stricken from the Naval Register on 14 January 1959 and transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for laying up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. However, Kennebec was reacquired by the U.S. Navy and recommissioned on 16 December 1961. It served the Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam War up to 1970.

The ship decommissioned for the last time on 29 June 1970 at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Mare Island, Vallejo, California, and transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for laying up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Kennebec was again stricken from the Naval Register on 15 July 1976. On 6 April 1982 it was sold by MARAD to Levin Metals Corporation for $180,077.00, and subsequently scrapped.

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