USS Roanoke (AOR-7)

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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.
General characteristics
Class and type: Wichita-class replenishment oiler
Displacement: 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
Armament: • 2 × Phalanx CIWS
• 1 × Sea Sparrow missile system (NSSMS)
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.

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.

The 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.