Sydney Harbour, Fleet Base Garden Island. 16 February 2011.
Attended by bunker tanker Whitnavigator
National Trust listed hammerhead crane, built from 1944 and completed by 1951. Out of use since the mid-1990s.
Builder: The American Ship Building Co., Tampa, FL.
Propulsion: 1 Sulzer 5RTA 76 diesel; 18,400 hp sustained; 1 shaft.
Length: 615 feet (187.58 meters).
Beam: 90 feet (27.45 meters).
Displacement: 39,624 tons (40,257.98 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 16 knots (18.42 mph).
Crew: 24 civilians.
Load: 237,766 barrels of oil fuel.
Part of USA Military Sealift Command's Sealift Program, transporting fuel for the Department of Defense. These tankers embark on many unique missions including refueling the National Science Foundation in Antarctica and Thule Air Base in Greenland. A small, shallow-draft tanker which moves petroleum products intra-theater in between Japan and Korea.
(T-AOT 1124), one of four Champion-class tankers, known as T5s,with double hulls ice-strengthened for protection against damage during missions in extreme climates.
Richard G. Matthiesen entered MSC service in 1986. Matthiesen is able to rig underway replenishment gear. In 2003, MSC purchased some of the tankers, making them United States Naval Ships:
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