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USS Arethusa
Acquired, 12 August 1898
Arethusa means "the waterer". She was a nymph and daughter of Nereus (making her a Nereid), and later became a fountain on the island of Ortygia in Syracuse, Sicily. Read.
USS Sara Thompson AO-08 Acquired, 8 August 1818 Sarah Thompson, Countess Rumford, was a philanthropist. She is the first American to be known as a Countess
USS Robert L. Barnes
AO-14 Built in 1917
Robert L. Barnes was a steel tanker built during 1917 by McDougall Duluth Ship Building Company, Duluth, Minnesota, for the Robert Barnes Steam Ship Co.
USS Victoria
AO-46 Acquired, 28 August 1818 USS Victoria, built in 1917 as the steel-hulled, single-screw tanker George G. Henry. She was chartered by the Navy and commissioned in 1918. In 1942 she was renamed, erroneously Victor, then Victoria, after the Victoria River of Australia.
USS Pasig

USS Pasig

Acquired, 22 January 1943

Launched, 3 July 1944
The two Pasig's  were named for the Pasig River which flows through Manila on the Philippine Island of Luzon. They were reclassified AW,s , Water Distilling ships.
USS Abatan AO-92 Launched, 6 August 1944
A Pasig class AW ship named for a river located in the southwestern part of Bohol Island in the Philippines.
USNS Loan Jack
TAO-161 Launched, 21 October 1944
Lone Jack is a city in Jackson County, Missouri. On August 16, 1862 Federal troops were defeated in the Battle of Lone Jack by a much larger Confederate force. The fighting literally occurred on the main street and raged for five hours before the Federals withdrew. The Confederates were unable to hold the town following their victory because of converging Union forces from other commands.
USNS Petrolite
TAO-164 Laid down in February1944 The Petrolite Corporation is a leader and a pioneer in the oil field chemical industry.From its founding in the 1930s on into the mid-1990s, Petrolite has culled a tradition of innovation, developing proprietary products, processes, and equipment to serve a variety of industries. The ship was renamed "Seattle" as a container ship in 1969
USNS American Explorer

She was launched as the world's first nuclear tanker-to-be, but was completed with a conventional steam plant.

TAO-165 Launched, 11 April 1958
There many American Explorers. Here is an important one:
Robert Gray (1755-1806) was a American explorer who had previously been in the Navy during the Revolutionary War. Gray sailed from Boston, Massachusetts, in 1787, and traveled around South America to the northwest coast of North America and on to China, where he traded furs for tea. He began his journey with Captain John Kendrick on a sister ship. Gray continued west and returned to Boston in 1790. Gray was the first American-born explorer in an American ship to circumnavigate the globe. In 1791, he led another expedition to the northwest coast on a ship called "Columbia." In 1792, Gray sighted, named, and sailed up the Columbia River in Oregon, and also explored Gray's Harbor in what is now the state of Washington. Because of Gray's exploration, the United States now laid claim to the Oregon territory. Gray again continued westwards and circumnavigated the globe again, returning to Boston in 1793. Read.
USNS Sealift Pacific
USNS Sealift Arabian Sea
USNS Sealift China Sea
USNS Sealift Indian Sea
USNS Sealift Atlantic
USNS Sealift Mediterrannean
USNS Sealift Caribbean
USNS Sealift Artic
USNS Sealift Antartic
Launched, 15 October 1973
Launched, 15 October 1973
Launched, 1 April 1974
Launched, 1 July 1974
Launched, 1 January 1974
Launched, 1 March 1974
Launched, 1 June 1974
Launched, 1 August 1974
Launched, 15 October 1974
The Sealift class tankers were specifically built for, and chartered to, MSC for 20 years, 1975-95. The Navy would have preferred to purchase new ships but entered the leasing agreement because it had been unsuccessful in obtaining congressional approval of the purchase funds.
USNS Henry J. Kaiser
TAO-187 Launched, 5 October 1985
Henry J, Kaiser became most famous for the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, California during World War II, adopting production techniques that generated one cargo ship every 30 days. These ships became known as Liberty ships. He became world renowned when his teams built a ship in 4 days. The keel for the 10,500 ton Robert E. Peary was laid on Sunday, November 8, 1942, and the ship was launched in California from the Richmond Shipyard #2 on Thursday, November 12, four days and 15 1/2 hours later.
USNS Joshua Humphreys
TAO-188 Launched, 22 February 1986
Joshua Humphreys was an influential and successful ship builder in the United States. As a youth Humphreys was apprenticed to a shipbuilder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the American Revolutionary War he was active as a designer, and played a major part in planning Randolph, a frigate, and a 74-gun ship which was never built
USNS John Lenthall TAO-189 Launched, 9 august 1986
John Lenthall was Chief of Bureau of Construction. He was the ablest Naval Architect during the Civil War, having built some of the most effective shipa afloat.
USNS Andrew J. Higgins
TAO-190 Launched, 17 January 1987
Andrew Jackson Higgins was the founder and owner of Higgins Industries, the New Orleans-based manufacturer of "Higgins boats" (LCVPs) during World War II. General Dwight Eisenhower is quoted as saying, "Andrew Higgins ... is the man who won the war for us. ... If Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach. The whole strategy of the war would have been different."
USNS Benjamin Isherwood

TAO-191 Launched, 15 December 1988

Benjamin Franklin Isherwood was an engineering officer in the United States Navy during the early days of steam-powered warships. He served as a ship's engineer during the Mexican-American War, and after the war did experimental work with steam propulsion. Rising to the rank of rear admiral, as Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy during the Civil War, he helped to found the Navy's Bureau of Steam Engineering.

USNS Henry Eckford

Construction Incomplete
TAO-192 Launched, 29 January 1944

Then Canceled
Henry Eckford was a Scottish-born shipbuilder, naval architect, industrial engineer, and entrepreneur who worked for the United States Navy and the navy of the Ottoman Empire in the early 19th century. Eckford earned a national reputation in the United States during the War of 1812.
USNS Walter S. Diehl
TAO-193 Launched, 2 October 1987
Captain Walter S. Diehl was a pioneer of aerodynamics and aircraft design. From 1918 until his retirement in 1951, he directed the Navy's work in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics.  Walter Diehl is credited with initiating action that led to establishment of the David W. Taylor Model Basin at Carderock, Maryland, the Aircraft Research Station at Chincoteague, Virginia, and the Navy's test flight unit at the Naval Air Station, Anacostia, D. C., which later developed into the U.S. Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent, Maryland.
USNS John Ericsson

TAO-194 Launched, 21 april 1990
John Ericsson, one of the 19th Century's most creative engineers and inventors, was born in Sweden. In 1826 he pursued a variety of engineering projects, among them the use of screw propellers on ships, the development of extraordinarily large guns and the creation of engines driven by hot air instead of steam. Ericsson's work attracted the attention Robert F. Stockton, an influential and progressive U.S. Navy officer, who encouraged him to relocate to the United States. During the early 1840s, the two designed a screw-propelled warship, which was commissioned in 1843 as USS Princeton, armed with heavy guns of their devising.
USNS Leroy Grumman

TAO-195 Launched, 3 December 1988
Leroy Grumman designed the first practical floats with a retractable landing gear for the Navy, and this launched Grumman into the aviation market. The first Grumman aircraft was also for the Navy, the Grumman FF-1, a biplane with retractable landing gear. This was followed by a number of other successful designs. During World War II, Grumman became famous for its Navy fighter aircraft, F4F Wildcat and F6F Hellcat, and for its torpedo bomber TBF Avenger. Grumman's first jet plane, the F9F Panther, became operational in 1949, but the company's big postwar successes came in the 1960s with the A-6 Intruder and in the 1970s with the F-14 Tomcat.
USS Supply
USS Rainier
USS Artic
USS Bridge

TAOE-5 and 9 were not built.


Launched, 6 October 1990
Launched, 28 Septembe 1991
Launched, 30 October 1993
Launched, 24 August 1996
AOE-6 was the lead ship of Supply-class of fast combat support ships. They are the Navy's largest combat logistics ship, designed as an oiler, ammunition and supply ship. All fast combat support ships currently in service are operated by Military Sealift Command (MSC). The AOE has the speed and armament to keep up with carrier battle groups. It rapidly replenishes Navy task forces and can carry more than 177,000 barrels of oil (28,000 m³), 2,150 tons of ammunition, 500 tons of dry stores and 250 tons of refrigerated stores. It receives petroleum products, ammunition and stores from shuttle ships and redistributes these items simultaneously to carrier battle group ships. This reduces the vulnerability of serviced ships by reducing alongside time.
USNS Gus W. Darnell
USNS Paul Buck
USNS Samuel L. Cobb
USNS Richard G. Mattheisen
USNS  Lawrence H. Gianella
Delivered in 1985
Delivered in 1985
Delivered in 1985
Delivered in 1986
Delivered in 1986

The five Champion-class tankers, known as T5s, have double hulls and are ice-strengthened for protection against damage in colder climates. In addition, two of the tankers are equipped with modular fuel delivery systems, which allow them to refuel combatant ships at sea. Gianella and Matthiesen are able to rig underway replenishment gear.

MT New York Sun
MT Montauk
ST Overseas Alice
ST Overseas  Valdez
ST Overseas  Vivian
Built in 1981
Built in 1999
Delivered in 1968
Delivered in 1968
Delivered in 1968
Tankers under long-term contract to move DOD petroleum. 
ST Mount Vernon
ST American Osprey
ST Chesapeake
ST Petersburg
Leased in 1998
Delivered in 1964
Delivered in 1963

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