|USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187)|
USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) at Hampton Roads, Virginia
|Name:||USNS Henry J. Kaiser|
|Namesake:||Henry J. Kaiser (1882–1967)|
|Awarded:||12 November 1982|
|Builder:||Avondale Shipyard, Inc., New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||22 August 1984|
|Launched:||5 October 1985|
|In service:||19 December 1986|
|Class & type:||Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler|
|Type:||Fleet replenishment oiler|
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|
2 × Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 (2 × 16,000 hp (12 MW))|
34,442 hp (25.683 MW) total sustained
|Propulsion:||Two shafts with controllable pitch propellers|
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
178,000 to 180,000 barrels (28,300 to 28,600 m3) of fuel oil and jet fuel|
7,400 sq ft (690 m2) 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
United States Naval Ship USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) is the lead ship of her class of fleet replenishment oilers of the United States Navy. She is named for Henry J. Kaiser (1882–1967), an American industrialist and shipbuilder.
Construction and delivery[edit | edit source]
Henry J. Kaiser was laid down by Avondale Shipyard, Inc., in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 22 August 1984 and launched on 5 October 1985. She was the lead ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class of fleet replenishment oilers. She entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service with the Military Sealift Command on 19 December 1986.
Service history[edit | edit source]
Following delivery, the Henry J. Kaiser operated out of Norfolk, VA as part of the Second Fleet. In 1995, she was forward deployed to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean as part of the pre-positioning fleet. In 2002, she was transferred to the Third Fleet and placed in reduced operating status in Portland, OR. She was activated briefly in 2003 when two other oilers were simultaneously undergoing planned maintenance. In 2005, she was re-activated to full service as part of the Third Fleet, where she remains to this day.
Great Green Fleet[edit | edit source]
During RIMPAC 2012, Kaiser delivered 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) strike group. The fuel delivery is part of the Navy's Great Green Fleet demonstration, which allows the Navy to test, evaluate and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of advanced biofuels in an operational setting. This will achieve one of the five energy goals established by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus: to demonstrate a Great Green Fleet in local operations by 2012.
References[edit | edit source]
- "USNS Henry J. Kaiser Delivers Biofuel for RIMPAC's Great Green Fleet Demo". Maritime-executive.com. http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/usns-henry-j-kaiser-delivers-biofuel-for-rimpac-s-great-green-fleet-demo. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
- "RIMPAC 2012". Cpf.navy.mil. 2012-07-03. http://www.cpf.navy.mil/rimpac/2012/. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
- "USNS Henry J. Kaiser delivers biofuel for RIMPAC's Great Green Fleet demo". Msc.navy.mil. 2012-07-17. http://www.msc.navy.mil/N00p/pressrel/press12/press19.htm. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
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- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive: USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187)
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- 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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