USNS KANAWHA is the 10th ship in the HENRY J. KAISER - class of 18 underway replenishment oilers. This class was specially built for the MSC.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: February 1, 1987|
|Keel laid: July 13, 1989|
|Launched: September 22, 1990|
|Delivered: December 6, 1991|
|Builder: Avondale Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, LA|
|Propulsion system: two Colt-Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V 570 diesels|
|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|
|Crew: 82 civilian crew (18 officers); 21 Navy (1 officer)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS KANAWHA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USNS KANAWHA:
|September 10, 2009||60 miles east of Virginia Beach, Va.||Four sailors are injured when a rogue wave hits the USNS KANAWHA. They are medevaced to Norfolk and Portsmouth, Va., by two MH-60T Coast Guard helicopters.|
|November 18, 2010||off the east coast of Florida||While preparing to conduct a routine replenishment at sea (RAS), the Canadian Patrol Frigate HMCS Fredericton (FFH 337) and the USNS KANAWHA have a minor collision. No personnel were injured and damage has been assessed as minor, with scrapes and dents on both hulls where the contact was made. The ships did not have any fuel hoses or supply lines connected at the time of the incident.|
USNS KANAWHA Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Stefan Karpinski and shows the KANAWHA underway in Middle East waters in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003.
The photos below were taken by me and show the KANAWHA at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on November 9, 2008.
The photos below were taken by me and show the KANAWHA passing the Bay-Bridge-Tunnel while leaving Norfolk, Va., for the Atlantic, on February 3, 2009.
The photo below was taken by me and shows the KANAWHA at the Naval Fuel Depot at Norfolk, Va., on October 29, 2010.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the KANAWHA at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 28, 2013.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the KANAWHA at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 9, 2023.