USS Monongahela (AO-178)
Monongahela in Italy, 1986
|Name:||USS Monongahela (AO-178)|
|Laid down:||15 August 1978|
|Launched:||4 August 1979|
|Commissioned:||5 September 1981|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 1999|
|Struck:||30 September 1999|
|Status:||Recycling began May 2015|
|Class and type:||Cimarron class fleet oiler|
|Displacement:||36,977 tons full load|
|Length:||708 ft (216 m)|
|Beam:||88 ft (27 m)|
|Draft:||32 ft (9.8 m)|
|Propulsion:||two boilers, one steam turbine, single shaft, 24,000shp|
|Speed:||20 kn (37 km/h)|
|Capacity:||150,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel and several tons of additional goods|
|Complement:||12 officers, 148 enlisted|
|A/N SPS-55 Surface Search Radar|
|Armament:||4 x M2HB heavy machine guns|
|Aircraft carried:||None, but fitted with stern helicopter landing platform|
Monongahela was laid down on 15 August 1978, at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, Louisiana and launched, 4 August 1979. Ships of this class were built with a mast that folded at the AN/SPS-55 pedestal platform to allow the passage under the Huey P. Long Bridge. She was commissioned on 5 September 1981.
Monongahela was the second ship of the Cimarron class oilers and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name. During her service life the ship has traveled to many parts of the world, including: The Mediterranean Sea, the Indian Ocean, the North Atlantic, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
In December 1991, she completed an eleven-month "jumboization" at Avondale Shipyards and returned to the fleet as a greatly improved fleet oiler capable of delivering not only fuel, but also ammunition and supplies.
The Monongahela was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on 30 September 1999, and berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Virginia, awaiting final disposal. Her classification was changed on 24 May 2005 as a possible candidate for Foreign Military Sales to Chile. She has been sold to Southern Recycling and left Virginia on 13 May 2015, she lies at berth, partially aground in Amelia, Louisiana (USA), for dismantling.
- 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.