USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201)

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USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201)
Career (USA)
Name: USNS Patuxent
Namesake: The Patuxent River in Maryland
Ordered: 24 March 1989
Builder: Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana
Laid down: 16 October 1991
Launched: 23 July 1994
In service: 21 June 1995-present
Status: In active Military Sealift Command service
General characteristics
Class and type: Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler
Type: Fleet replenishment oiler
Tonnage: 31,200 deadweight tons
Displacement: 9,500 tons light
42,000 long tons (42,700 metric tons) full load
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/h)
Capacity: 159,000 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: usually 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

USNS Patuxent (T-AO-201) is a Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler operated by the Military Sealift Command to support ships of the United States Navy.

Patuxent, the fifteenth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 16 October 1991 and launched on 23 July 1994. She was the first ship of the class -- and one of only three of the eighteen Henry J. Kaiser-class ships, the other two being USNS Laramie (T-AO-203) and USNS Rappahannock (T-AO-204) -- to be built with a double bottom in order to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Hull separation is 6 feet (1.83 meters) at the sides and 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters) on the bottom, reducing her liquid cargo capacity by about 21,000 barrels from that of the 15 ships of her class without a double bottom.

Patuxent entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under the control of the Military Sealift Command with a primarily civilian crew on 21 June 1995. She serves in the United States Atlantic Fleet.


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