Served aboard the USS Mississinewa AO144.
Many thanks for
the info on the Fleet Oiler Mississinewa. I learned early on that
the AO designation was for FLEET OILERS and the ships were rigged for ship-to-ship
transfer of products. A tanker was rigged for point-to-point transfer of
That USS stands
for United States Ship (commissioned USN vessel) and USNS stands for United
States Naval Ship (civilian manned USN vessel) Another interesting item
- while the Mississinewa was officially a Neosho class oiler, she was also
one of a kind. She had a Flag Bridge added to the superstructure
and was the only one to have the extra deck, and she carried the SERVFOR6
flag for many years being homeported in Naples, Italy.........I reported
on board in November, 1960 and departed in November, 1962.