USNS FLINT was the fifth of the KILAUEA - class ammunition ships and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of the city in Michigan. On August 4, 1995, the FLINT was turned over to MSC Pacific to commence an extensive habitability conversion at Norshipco, Norfolk, VA. As a United States Naval Ship (USNS), Flint was "in service", not commissioned. On March 24, 1997 USNS Flint commenced ammunition operations in the Pacific. The ship was deactivated on November 8, 2014, and laid up at Beaumont, Tx.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 8, 1968|
|Keel laid: August 4, 1969|
|Launched: November 9, 1970|
|Commissioned: November 20, 1971|
|Decommissioned: August 4, 1995|
|MSC "in service": August 4, 1995|
|Deactivated: November 8, 2013|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS|
|Propulsion system: 3 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 600 psi (42.3kg/cm²); 870°F (467°C); 1 turbine, 22,000 hp (16.4 MW); Automated Propulsion System (APS)|
|Propellers: one (six bladed)|
|Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)|
|Beam: 81 feet (24.7 meters)|
|Draft: 28 feet (8.5 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: two CH-46 helicopters|
|Crew: 125 civilians, 55 naval personnel (including a helicopter detachment)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS FLINT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS/USNS FLINT Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS/USNS FLINT:
|June 9, 1976||900 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii||USS FLINT and USS WABASH (AOR 5) collide while conducting towing exercises. Both ships continue onward to a western Pacific deployment.|
Notes of Interest:
USNS Flint has four cargo holds, which break down into 14 magazines. A magazine is the level within the cargo hold, and is defined as a magazine due to the stowage of ammunition and the requisite fire detecting and fire fighting items found on each level. The four cargo holds are serviced by six high speed cargo weapons elevators.
The ship has a certified helicopter flight deck and can handle any US military helo as well as most commercial and allied helicopters. There are 7 unrep cargo transfer stations and 1 fuel delivery station. The ship can receive fuel at sea from any of 4 stations. FLINT is also self-sufficient in the loading and discharge of ammunition or cargo from the ship to a pier or barge. There are four cargo booms which allow shore or barge transfer.
USNS FLINT Image Gallery: