USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)

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USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) sometime during her 1987-1996 period of active service
United States
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
Name: Almirante Montt
Operator: Chilean Navy
Acquired: 19 May 2009
Commissioned: 10 February 2010
Identification:IMO number8325559
General characteristics
Class and type: Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler
Tonnage: 31,200 deadweight tons
  • 9,500 tons light
  • Full load variously reported as 42,382 tons and 40,700 long tons (41,353 metric tons)
Length: 677 ft (206 m)
Beam: 97 ft 5 in (29.69 m)
Draft: 35 ft (11 m) maximum
Installed power:
  • 16,000 hp (12,000 kW) per shaft
  • 34,442 hp (25,683 kW) total sustained
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)
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing platform
  • Five refueling stations
  • Two dry cargo transfer rigs

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Renamed Almirante Montt with the identification number AO-52, the oiler was commissioned in the Chilean Navy on 10 February 2010, replacing the oiler Araucano.

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 Protecteur-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.[1][2] Almirante Montt returned to Canada in 2016, sailing with the Royal Canadian Navy from April to June.[2]



  1. ^ Pugliese, David (11 July 2015). "Canada's Navy 'Rents' Chilean Resupply Ship". DefenseNews. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b Pugliese, David (4 April 2016). "Chilean supply ship back on west coast to help Royal Canadian Navy". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 17 April 2016.


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