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USNS Waccamaw (T-AO 109)

- formerly AO 109 -
- decommissioned -


USNS WACCAMAW originally was a MARAD standard type T3-S2-A3 oiler. She received a "jumboization" conversion in the mid-1960s. Commissioned in 1946, the WACCAMAW was the first ship in the Navy named after the river in South Carolina. Transfered to the Military Sealift Command around 1975, the WACCAMAW was eventually decommissioned in 1989 and stricken from the Navy list in 1991. WACCAMAW was later sold for scrapping and broken up at International Shipbreaking, Brownsville, Texas.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: April 28, 1945
Launched: March 20, 1946
Commissioned: June 25, 1946
Decommissioned: February 24, 1975
MSC "in service": circa 1975
Decommissioned: 1989
Stricken: October 11, 1991
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.
Propulsion system: four boilers
Propellers: two
Length: 646.8 feet (196.9 meters)
Beam: 75.1 feet (22.9 meters)
Draft: 35.4 feet (10.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 34,750 tons
Speed: 16+ knots
Capacity: approx. 23,800 tons of fuel
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Crew: approx. 108 civilians and a Navy personnel detachment


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS WACCAMAW. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Accidents aboard USS / USNS WACCAMAW:

DateWhereEvents
June 18, 1970eastern Mediterranean
During routine fuel transfer, the USNS WACCAMAW and the USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD 711) collide causing minor damage to both ships. No injuries are reported.
April 3, 1978north of Corsica, France
USS FORT SNELLING (LSD 30) and the USNS WACCAMAW receive structural damage in a collision when the WACCAMAW loses steering control during refueling. Both ships proceed under their own power to Naples, Italy, for repairs.
November 21, 197850 miles south of Crete, GreeceUSS SARATOGA (CV 60) and the WACCAMAW collide during a refueling operation suffering minor damage and no injuries.
September 24, 1981south of Sardinia, Italy
USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) and the WACCAMAW collide during an underway replenishment causing minor damage but no injuries.
October 13, 1981Mediterranean
USNS WACCAMAW collides with the USS RALEIGH (LPD 1) while the USS DETROIT (AOE 4) is alongside.


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