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USNS Mississinewa (T-AO 144)

- formerly AO 144 -
- decommissioned -

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
Decommissioned: 1991
Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, NJ
Propulsion system: two boilers
Propellers: two
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
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Crew: 125 civilians, 21 Navy personnel

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Crew List:

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.

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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, 1975off Florida
USS SARATOGA (CV 60) and the USS MISSISSINEWA are in a minor collision during an underway replenishment.

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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.

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