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USS Nanticoke (AOG-66)
Name: USS Nanticoke
Builder: St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company, Jacksonville, Florida
Laid down: 16 January 1945
Launched: 7 April 1945
Commissioned: 1 September 1945
Decommissioned: 4 January 1946
Fate: Acquired by Argentine Navy as Punta Delgada (B–16)
General characteristics
Type: Type T1-MT-BT1 tanker
Displacement: 1,980 long tons (2,012 t) light
5,970 long tons (6,066 t) full load
Length: 352 ft 2 in (107.34 m)
Beam: 48 ft 2 in (14.68 m)
Draft: 15 ft 8 in (4.78 m)
Propulsion: Diesel direct drive, single screw, 1,700 shp (1,268 kW)
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Capacity: 30,000 barrels (4,800 m3)
Complement: 80
Armament: • 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
• 2 × single 40 mm guns
• 3 × single 20 mm guns

USS Nanticoke (AOG-66), a gasoline tanker of the United States Navy, was laid down by the St. Johns River Shipbuilding Company in Jacksonville, Florida, under a Maritime Commission contract, on 16 January 1945; launched on 7 April 1945, sponsored by Mrs. Gustav W. Nelson; acquired by the Navy on 31 August 1945; and commissioned on 1 September 1945.

Service history[]

Assigned to the Naval Transportation Service, Nanticoke reported for duty on 18 October to the Service Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Arriving at Norfolk, Virginia, on 28 November, she was decommissioned there on 4 January 1946 and returned to the Maritime Commission on 12 January. Briefly operated by the American Petroleum Transport Corporation as M/V Sugarland in 1946, she was acquired later in the year by the Argentine Navy and commissioned as ARA Punta Delgada (B–16). She served as part of the Argentine Navy until 1985, when she burnt and sank.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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