USS Roanoke (AOR-7)

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Roanoke.
USS Roanoke (AOR-7) underway off the coast of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Name: USS Roanoke
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego
Laid down: 19 January 1974
Launched: 7 December 1974
Commissioned: 30 October 1976
Decommissioned: 6 October 1995
Struck: 6 October 1995
Fate: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, California.
Status: December, 2012 in Drydock 4 for cleaning at Mare Island, CA prior to towing for disassembly
General characteristics
Class and type: Wichita-class replenishment oiler
  • 14,048 long tons (14,273 t) light
  • 39,790 long tons (40,429 t) full
Length: 659 ft (201 m)
Beam: 96 ft (29 m)
Draft: 37 ft (11 m)
Propulsion: 3 × boilers, 2 × steam turbines, 2 × shafts, 32,000 shp (23,862 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 34 officers, 463 enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters

USS Roanoke (AOR-7) was a Wichita-class replenishment oiler of the United States Navy. She was named after the city of Roanoke, Virginia and the Roanoke River, in keeping with the naming convention of her class.

Built by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, of San Diego, California, she was launched on 7 December 1974, and commissioned on 30 October 1976.

Roanoke sailed for her first deployment to the western Pacific in January 1978, finally returning to her homeport in October. This set the pattern for the next twelve years, as she was deployed on a voyage to the western Pacific and Indian Ocean, each lasting six to eight months, every year.[1]

Between January 1991 and August 1993 she sailed on two deployments to the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Desert Storm. She made one last deployment to the western Pacific in June to December 1994, before being decommissioned.[1]

Roanoke was decommissioned on 6 October 1995, and struck from the Naval Vessel Register the same day.

Title to the ship was transferred to the United States Maritime Administration on 18 December 1998, and she was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, at Suisun Bay, California.



  1. ^ a b "USS ROANOKE (AOR-7) Deployments & History". 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 

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