|USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)|
USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) sometime during her 1987-1996 period of active service
|Name:||USNS Andrew J. Higgins|
|Namesake:||Andrew Higgins (1886-1952), an American shipbuilder|
|Ordered:||22 November 1983|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||21 November 1985|
|Launched:||17 January 1987|
|In service:||22 October 1987|
|Out of service:||6 May 1996|
|Struck:||6 January 2009|
|Fate:||Sold to Chile 19 May 2009|
|Notes:||Commissioned in Chilean Navy as Almirante Montt 10 February 2010|
|Acquired:||19 May 2009|
|Commissioned:||10 February 2010|
|Class & type:||Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment 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; 23 mph)|
178,000 to 180,000 barrels (29,000 m3) of fuel oil and jet fuel|
7,400 square feet dry cargo space; eight 20-foot (6.1 m) 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)|
Wartime: probably 2 x 20-mm Phalanx CIWS
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing platform|
Five refueling stations|
Two dry cargo transfer rigs
USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) was a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler of the United States Navy which saw active service from 1987 to 1996. Sold to Chile in 2009, she was commissioned as Almirante Montt in the Chilean Navy in 2010.
Construction and delivery[edit | edit source]
Andrew J. Higgins, the fourth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 21 November 1985 and launched on 17 January 1987. She entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under Military Sealift Command control with a primarily civilian crew on 22 October 1987. She was named for Andrew Higgins, the man credited with developing the LCVP or "Higgins Boat" landing craft of World War II.
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Operational history[edit | edit source]
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Inactivation[edit | edit source]
Andrew J. Higgins was taken out of active service on 6 May 1996 and placed in reserve in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay at Benicia, California, where she remained until September 2009. She was the first ship of her class to be taken out of service.
Transfer to Chile[edit | edit source]
In 2008, Andrew J. Higgins was selected for transfer to Chile as a Foreign Assistance Act grant. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 6 January 2009 and sold to Chile on 19 May 2009. She was withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay on 24 September 2009 and towed to the Atlantic Marine Alabama shipyard at Mobile, Alabama, to undergo a three-month refit and overhaul.
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Renamed Almirante Montt, the oiler was commissioned in the Chilean Navy on 10 February 2010, replacing the oiler Araucano (AO-53).
References[edit | edit source]
- 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.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive: T-AO-190 Andrew J. Higgins
- USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO 190)
- Sealift, U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command: Chilean navy embarks on MSC oiler
- 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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