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|
|Stricken: October 11, 1991|
|Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.|
|Propulsion system: four boilers|
|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|
|Crew: approx. 108 civilians and a Navy personnel detachment|
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.
Accidents aboard USS / USNS WACCAMAW:
|June 18, 1970||eastern Mediterranean|
During routine fuel transfer, the USS WACCAMAW and the USS EUGENE A. GREENE (DD 711) collide causing minor damage to both ships. No injuries are reported.
|April 3, 1978||north 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, 1978||50 miles south of Crete, Greece||USS SARATOGA (CV 60) and the WACCAMAW collide during a refueling operation suffering minor damage and no injuries.|
|September 24, 1981||south of Sardinia, Italy|
USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) and the WACCAMAW collide during an underway replenishment causing minor damage but no injuries.
|October 13, 1981||Mediterranean|
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