USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
USNS Yukon in the Pacific Ocean
|Namesake:||The Yukon River in Alaska|
|Ordered:||6 October 1988|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||13 May 1991|
|Launched:||6 February 1993|
|In service:||25 March 1994-present|
|Status:||In active Military Sealift Command service|
|Class and type:||Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler|
|Type:||Fleet replenishment oiler|
|Displacement:||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 (11.9 MW) per shaft
34,442 hp (25.7 MW) 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)|
|Capacity:||178,000 to 180,000 barrels (28,300 to 28,600 m3) of fuel oil and jet fuel
7,400 square feet dry cargo space; eight 20-foot (6.1 m) refrigerated container with room for 128 pallets
|Complement:||103 (18 civilian officers, 1 U.S. Navy officer, 64 merchant seamen, 20 U.S. Navy enlisted personnel)
Also given as 89 civilian and 3 U.S. Navy personnel
|Armament:||Peacetime: usually none
Wartime: probably 2 x 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing platform|
|Notes:||Five refueling stations
Two dry cargo transfer rigs
Yukon, the sixteenth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 13 May 1991 and launched on 6 February 1993. She entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under the control of the Military Sealift Command with a primarily civilian crew on 25 March 1994. She serves in the United States Pacific Fleet.
On 13 July 2000, Yukon collided with the amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD-9) during an underway replenishment about 180 nautical miles (330 km) west of Hawaii. No one on either ship was injured, and there were no fuel leaks, but Yukon suffered major damage, including several large holes and dents above the water line on her starboard quarter, while a 40-foot (12.2 m) hole was torn in Denver's bow from the second deck to the waterline. The investigation into the accident found Denver responsible. Both ships went to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for repairs. Yukon then transited to San Francisco, California, for further repairs at the same time as her scheduled routine overhaul. Yukon returned to service in January 2001.
On 16 May 2012, Yukon collided with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) after Essex suffered an apparent steering malfunction upon approach for an underway replenishment. There were no injuries and no loss of fuel was reported. Both vessels were able to continue to San Diego, California, under their own power. The crew of the USS Essex was blamed in a report. 
Notes and references
- "USS DENVER'S SKIPPER IS BLAMED FOR COLLISION WITH MSC TANKER".
- Julie Watson (2012-05-16). "2 US Navy ships collide in Pacific; no injuries". seattlepi.com. Retrieved 2012-05-17.
- 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.
- Military Sealift Command Ship Inventory USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive: USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
- USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
- Collision of USNS Yukon and USS Denver July 14, 2000
- MSC press release Jan 1, 2001 returning Yukon to duty following collision
- 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.
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