USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
|USNS Yukon in the Pacific Ocean|
USNS Yukon in the Pacific Ocean
|Namesake:||The Yukon River in Alaska|
|Ordered:||6 October 1988|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||13 May 1991|
|Launched:||6 February 1993|
|In service:||25 March 1994-present|
|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 (41,353 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 container with room for 128 pallets
103 (18 civilian officers, 1 U.S. Navy officer, 64 merchant seamen, 20 U.S. Navy enlisted personnel)|
Also given as 89 civilian and 3 U.S. Navy 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 Yukon (T-AO-202) is a Henry J. Kaiser-class underway replenishment oiler operated by the Military Sealift Command to support ships of the United States Navy.
Yukon, the sixteenth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 13 May 1991 and launched on 6 February 1993. She entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under the control of the Military Sealift Command with a primarily civilian crew on 25 March 1994. She serves in the United States Pacific Fleet.
On 27 February 2000, Yukon collided with a smaller civilian cargo ship while entering the port of Dubai in the Persian Gulf.
On 13 July 2000, Yukon collided with amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD-9) during a replenishment operation at sea about 180 nautical miles (330 km) west of Hawaii. No one on either ship was injured, and there were no fuel leaks, but Yukon suffered major damage, including several large holes and dents above the water line on her starboard quarter, while a 40-foot (12.2 m) hole was torn in Denver's bow from the second deck to the waterline. The investigation into the accident found Denver responsible. Both ships went to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for repairs. Yukon then transited to San Francisco, California, for further repairs at the same time as her scheduled routine overhaul. Yukon returned to service in January 2001.
Notes and references
- 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.
- Military Sealift Command Ship Inventory USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive: USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
- USNS Yukon (T-AO-202)
- Collision of USNS Yukon and USS Denver July 14, 2000
- MSC press release Jan 1, 2001 returning Yukon to duty following collision
- 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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