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USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188)

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USNS JOSHUA HUMPHREYS is the second ship in the HENRY J. KAISER - class of fleet oilers specially built for the Military Sealift Command (MSC). After commissioning, JOSHUA HUMPHREYS served under the command of the MSC until she was deactivated on June 29, 1996. JOSHUA HUMPHREYS was part of the Atlantic Fleet and was the second ship in her class to be deactivated. The oiler was subsequently berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA., until she was reactivated on February 23, 2005. The oiler was deactivated again on October 1, 2006, and again laid-up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA. JOSHUA HUMPHREYS was again called to duty on June 10, 2010, and subsequently served with the 5th Fleet in the Middle East until late 2016.

General Characteristics:Awarded: January 20, 1983
Keel laid: December 17, 1984
Launched: February 22, 1986
Delivered: April 3, 1987
Deactivated: June 29, 1996
Reactivated: February 23, 2005
Deactivated: October 1, 2006
Reactivated: June 10, 2010
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, LA
Propulsion system: two Colt-Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V 570 diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 677 feet (203 meters)
Beam: 97 feet (29.6 meters)
Draft: 35 feet (10.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 40,700 tons
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 180,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel and eight 20-feet containers refrigerated
Refueling stations: five
Aircraft: none, but helicopter deck
Armament: none
Crew: 82 civilian crew (18 officers); 21 Navy (1 officer)


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Crew List:

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

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The photo below was taken by Thomas Zera and shows the JOSHUA HUMPHREYS laid up at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Penn., on September 9, 2001.



The photos below were taken by me on November 7, 2008, and show the JOSHUA HUMPHREYS laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Philadelphia, PA.



The photos below were taken by Steven Collingwood and show the JOSHUA HUMPHREYS departing Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on January 13, 2017. In late February, she relieved the USNS LEROY GRUMMAN (T-AO 195) as the US Navy's duty oiler in the Mediterranean.



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