USS Merrimack (AO-179)

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USS Merrimack (AO-179)
USS Merrimack (AO-179) off Virginia Capes 1985.jpeg
USS Merrimack before the jumboization, 1985
United States
Name: USS Merrimack
Namesake: Merrimack River
Builder: Avondale Shipyards
Laid down: 16 July 1979
Launched: 17 May 1980
Commissioned: 14 November 1981
Decommissioned: 18 December 1998
Struck: 18 December 1998
Status: James River Reserve Fleet
General characteristics
Displacement: 36,977 tons full load
Length: 700 ft (210 m)
Beam: 88 ft (27 m)
Draft: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Propulsion: Steam Turbine
Speed: 20 kn (37 km/h)
Complement: 12 officers, 148 enlisted
Armament: 2 × 25 MM Cannons 2 × 20 MM Phalanx Cannons CIWIS 4 × 50 Cal. Machine Guns

USS Merrimack (AO-179) was the third ship of the Cimarron-class of fleet oilers of the United States Navy. Merrimack was built at the Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, Louisiana starting in 1978 and was commissioned in 1981 for service in the Atlantic Fleet. Total cost for the ship was $107.1 million. She was last homeported at Norfolk, Virginia. Between 1989 and 1991 Merrimack was "jumboized", meaning that, after cutting the ship into two sections after about a third from the bow, a 35.7 m long section was added to increase the fuel load. Merrimack was decommissioned on 18 December 1998 and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on the same day. Her title was transferred to the Maritime Administration. Currently being scrapped at Amelia, Louisiana.[1]

Merrimack after refueling USS Iowa (BB-61) in 1985.


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