USS Roanoke (AOR-7)
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego|
|Laid down:||19 January 1974|
|Launched:||7 December 1974|
|Commissioned:||30 October 1976|
|Decommissioned:||6 October 1995|
|Struck:||6 October 1995|
|Fate:||Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California.|
|Status:||December, 2012 in Drydock 4 for cleaning at Mare Island, CA prior to towing for disassembly|
|Class and type:||Wichita-class replenishment oiler|
|Displacement:||14,048 long tons (14,273 t) light
39,790 long tons (40,429 t) full
|Length:||659 ft (201 m)|
|Beam:||96 ft (29 m)|
|Draft:||37 ft (11 m)|
|Propulsion:||3 × boilers, 2 × steam turbines, 2 × shafts, 32,000 shp (23,862 kW)|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|Complement:||34 officers, 463 enlisted|
|Armament:||• 2 × Phalanx CIWS
• 1 × Sea Sparrow missile system (NSSMS)
|Aircraft carried:||2 × CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters|
USS Roanoke (AOR-7) was a Wichita-class replenishment oiler of the United States Navy. She was named after the city of Roanoke, Virginia and the Roanoke River, in keeping with the naming convention of her class.
Roanoke sailed for her first deployment to the western Pacific in January 1978, finally returning to her homeport in August. This set the pattern for the next twelve years, as she was deployed on a voyage to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean, each lasting six to eight months, every year.
Between January 1991 and August 1993 she sailed on two deployments to the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Desert Storm. She made one last deployment to the western Pacific in June to December 1994, before being decommissioned.
Roanoke was decommissioned on 6 October 1995, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day.
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- 2 × Meritorious Unit Commendation
- 2 × Navy Expeditionary Medal (Iran/Indian Ocean)
- National Defense Service Medal
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
- Battle Effenciany Award 1984
- "USS ROANOKE (AOR-7) Deployments & History". hullnumber.com. 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- Photo gallery of Roanoke at NavSource Naval History
- 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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- 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 April 28, 2009.
- USS Roanoke AOR-7 on YouTube
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