USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)
USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) sometime during her 1987-1996 period of active service
|Name:||USNS Andrew J. Higgins|
|Namesake:||Andrew Higgins (1886-1952), an American shipbuilder|
|Ordered:||22 November 1983|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||21 November 1985|
|Launched:||17 January 1987|
|In service:||22 October 1987|
|Out of service:||6 May 1996|
|Struck:||6 January 2009|
|Fate:||Sold to Chile 19 May 2009|
|Acquired:||19 May 2009|
|Commissioned:||10 February 2010|
|Identification:||IMO number: 8325559|
|Class and type:||Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler|
|Tonnage:||31,200 deadweight tons|
|Length:||677 ft (206 m)|
|Beam:||97 ft 5 in (29.69 m)|
|Draft:||35 ft (11 m) maximum|
|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)|
|Complement:||103 (18 civilian officers, 1 U.S. Navy officer, 64 merchant seamen, 20 U.S. Navy enlisted personnel)|
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing platform|
USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) was a Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler of the United States Navy which saw active service from 1987 to 1996. Sold to Chile in 2009, she was commissioned as Almirante Montt in the Chilean Navy in 2010.
Construction and career
Andrew J. Higgins, the fourth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 21 November 1985 and launched on 17 January 1987. She entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under Military Sealift Command control with a primarily civilian crew on 22 October 1987. She was named for Andrew Higgins, the man credited with developing the LCVP or "Higgins Boat" landing craft of World War II.
Andrew J. Higgins was taken out of active service on 6 May 1996 and placed in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay at Benicia, California, where she remained until September 2009. She was the first ship of her class to be taken out of service.
Transfer to Chile and service
In 2008, Andrew J. Higgins was selected for transfer to Chile as a Foreign Assistance Act grant. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 January 2009 and sold to Chile on 19 May 2009. She was withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay on 24 September 2009 and towed to the Atlantic Marine Alabama shipyard at Mobile, Alabama, to undergo a three-month refit and overhaul.
In an effort to address the Royal Canadian Navy’s at-sea support services capability gap until the arrival of Royal Canadian Navy’s new Queenston-class supply ships, Canada signed a Mutual Logistic Support Arrangement in 2015 with Chile. As part of that arrangement the Chilean Navy operated Almirante Montt for 40 sea days in the Canadian Pacific region in support to Royal Canadian Navy training requirements in July and August, working with HMCS Calgary and HMCS Vancouver. Almirante Montt returned to Canada in 2016, sailing with the Royal Canadian Navy from April to June.
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- Pugliese, David (4 April 2016). "Chilean supply ship back on west coast to help Royal Canadian Navy". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- 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.
- 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.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive: T-AO-190 Andrew J. Higgins
- USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO 190)
- Sealift, U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command: Chilean navy embarks on MSC oiler
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