USS Caney (AO-95)

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Career
Name: USS Caney
Namesake: Caney River
Builder: Marinship, Sausalito, California
Launched: 8 October 1944
Commissioned: 25 March 1945
Decommissioned: 27 February 1946
Struck: 27 February 1946
Acquired: February 1948
In service: 18 July 1950, as USNS Caney (T-AO-95)
Out of service: (date unknown)
Struck: (date unknown)
Honors and
awards:
2 battle stars (World War II)
Fate: Acquired by the US Army, 1966
General characteristics
Type: Escambia-class replenishment oiler
Displacement: 5,782 long tons (5,875 t) light
21,880 long tons (22,231 t) full
Length: 523 ft 6 in (159.56 m)
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)
Draft: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
Propulsion: Turbo-electric, single screw, 8,000 shp (5,966 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 140,000 barrels (22,000 m3)
Complement: 267
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber dual purpose gun
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 4 × twin 40 mm guns
• 4 × twin 20 mm guns

USS Caney (AO-95) was an Escambia-class replenishment oiler acquired by the United States Navy for use during World War II. She had the dangerous but necessary task of providing fuel to vessels in combat and non-combat areas. She served in the Pacific Ocean Theatre of operations late in the war, and returned home proudly with two battle stars.

Caney was launched on 8 October 1944 by Marinship Corp., Sausalito, California, under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. J. L. Simpson; acquired by the Navy on 25 March 1945, and commissioned the same day, Commander R. S. Hanson, USNR, in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

World War II Pacific Theatre operations[edit]

Caney sailed from San Pedro, California, on 12 May 1945 for Ulithi, the base from which she operated while fueling ships serving on radar picket and patrol duties at Okinawa. From 3 July through the end of the war, she steamed with the logistic group supporting task force TF 38 in its bombardments and air strikes pounding the Japanese home islands.

End-of-war activity[edit]

The oiler remained off Okinawa serving ships engaged in occupation duty until 16 November, when she got underway for San Francisco, California, and Galveston, Texas. Caney was decommissioned on 27 February 1946 at Beaumont, Texas, and delivered to the War Shipping Administration the same day.

Service under MSTS[edit]

Reacquired by the Navy in February 1948, she was transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service on 18 July 1950, where she served as USNS Caney (T-AO-95) in a noncommissioned status with a civilian crew.

Caney was placed out of service (date unknown) and struck from the Naval Register (date unknown). She was then transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, Alabama (date unknown).

Service under the U.S. Army[edit]

Caney was acquired by the United States Army in 1966 and converted at Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Mobile, Alabama, into a floating power station for Vietnam service.

Final disposition[edit]

Her final disposition is not known.

Awards[edit]

Caney received two battle stars for World War II service.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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