USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196)

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USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196)
Career (United States)
Name: USNS Kanawha
Namesake: The Kanawha River in West Virginia
Awarded: 1 February 1987
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 13 July 1989
Launched: 22 September 1990
In service: 6 December 1991-present
Status: In active service with U.S. Military Sealift Command
General characteristics
Class and type: Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler
Type: Fleet replenishment oiler
Tonnage: 31,200 deadweight tons
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/hr)
Capacity: 178,000 to 180,000 barrels of fuel oil and jet fuel
7,400 square feet dry cargo space; eight 20-foot refrigerated containers with room for 128 pallets
Complement: 103 (18 civilian officers, 1 U.S. Navy officer, 64 merchant seamen, 20 U.S. Navy enlisted personnel)
Armament: Peacetime: none
Wartime: probably 2 x 20-mm Phalanx CIWS
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing platform
Notes: Five refueling stations
Two dry cargo transfer rigs

United States Naval Ship USNS Kanawha (T-AO-196) is a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler of the United States Navy in non-commissioned service in the Military Sealift Command.

USNS Kanawha, the tenth Henry J. Kaiser-class ship, was laid down by the Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania, on 13 July 1989. She was launched on 22 September 1990 and delivered to the U.S. Navy and placed in non-commissioned service with the Military Sealift Command on 6 December 1991.

Kanawha is in active service today with the Military Sealift Command Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and is assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.