Named after a river in Indiana, the USNS MISSISSINEWA was the second NEOSHO - class fleet oiler and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. The MISSISSINEWA was transfered to the Military Sealift Command on November 15, 1976. Finally decommissioned in 1991, the MISSISSINEWA was stricken from the Navy list on February 16, 1994, and was subsequently laid-up as part of the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Va. Sold for scrap on September 27, 2006, the MISSISSINEWA was towed to Brownsville, Tx., in February 2007. There, the ship was broken up by International Shipbreaking Limited. Scrapping was completed on February 11, 2008.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: January 28, 1952|
|Keel laid: May 4, 1953|
|Launched: June 12, 1954|
|Commissioned: January 18, 1955|
|Decommissioned: November 15, 1976|
|MSC "in service": November 15, 1976|
|Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ|
|Propulsion system: two boilers|
|Length: 654.8 feet (199.6 meters)|
|Beam: 86 feet (26.2 meters)|
|Draft: 35.1 feet (10.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 37,000 tons|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Capacity: approx. 28,700 tons of fuel|
|Crew: 125 civilians, 21 Navy personnel|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS MISSISSINEWA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS / USNS MISSISSINEWA:
|October 31, 1972|
While USS MISSISSINEWA is getting underway, sabotage is discovered in the ship's boiler system which is shut down before damage is incurred.
|December 15, 1975||off Florida|
USS SARATOGA (CV 60) and the USS MISSISSINEWA are in a minor collision during an underway replenishment.
USS / USNS MISSISSINEWA Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken and contributed by Michael Martin and shows the MISSISSINEWA at Esco Marine, Brownsville, Texas, being scrapped. The photo was taken in February 2007.