USNS Pecos (T-AO-197)
USNS Pecos (T-AO-197)
|Namesake:||The Pecos River in New Mexico and Texas|
|Ordered:||12 February 1987|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||17 February 1988|
|Launched:||23 September 1989|
|In service:||6 July 1990-present|
The National Defense Service Medal|
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (twice)
The Southwest Asia Service Medal.
|Status:||In active Military Sealift Command service|
|Class and type:||Henry J. Kaiser-class oiler|
|Type:||Fleet replenishment oiler|
|Tonnage:||31,200 deadweight tons|
9,500 tons light|
Full load variously reported as 42,382 tons and 40,700 long tons (41,400 metric tons)
|Length:||677 ft (206 m)|
|Beam:||97 ft 5 in (29.69 m)|
|Draft:||35 ft (11 m) maximum|
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)|
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)|
Peacetime: usually none|
Wartime: probably 2 x 20-mm Phalanx CIWS
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing platform|
Five refueling stations|
Two dry cargo transfer rigs
USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) is a Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler operated by the Military Sealift Command to support ships of the United States Navy, and the third such ship to be named after the Pecos River.
Pecos, the eleventh Henry J. Kaiser-class ship, was laid down on 17 February 1988 at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, Louisiana, and launched on 23 September 1989. She was delivered to the Navy and placed in non-commissioned service with a primarily civilian crew under the control of the Military Sealift Command on 6 July 1990. The ship is equipped with a helicopter platform to allow for at-sea transfer of personnel and supplies.
Pecos is part of the MSC Naval Auxiliary Force, MSC Pacific, in the United States Pacific Fleet, and has received the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal twice, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.
On 9 December 1999 a United States Marine Corps H-46 helicopter crashed into Pecos and sank while participating in a training mission. Seven of the 18 personnel on board the helicopter were lost in the accident.
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
- 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.
- "T-AO-197 Pecos". Fleet Oiler (AO) Photo Index. http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/19197.htm. Retrieved April 4, 2006.
- "CNN.com: Search intensifies for 7 Marines after helicopter crash". http://archives.cnn.com/1999/US/12/09/helicopter.crash.02/index.html. Retrieved February 27, 2007.
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- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive USNS Pecos (T-AO-197)
- USNS Pecos (T-AO-197)
- Footage from YouTube of the CH-46 accident on 9 DEC 1999.
- CNN.com article regarding the CH-46 accident on 9 DEC 1999.
- Wildenberg, Thomas (1996). Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/GSBO/index.html. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
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