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USNS Earl Warren (T-AO 207)

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USNS EARL WARREN will be the third ship in the JOHN LEWIS - class of fleet oilers, previously known as the TAO(X) - class. These ships are built with double hulls to protect against oil spills and strengthened cargo and ballast tanks. They are equipped with a basic self-defense capability, including crew served weapons, degaussing, and Nixie Torpedo decoys, and have space, weight, and power reservations for Close In Weapon Systems such as SeaRAMs, and an Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 30, 2016
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Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: two Fairbanks-Morse MAN 12V48/60CR diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 746 feet (227.4 meters)
Beam: 106.5 feet (32.4 meters)
Draft: 33.5 feet (10.2 meters)
Displacement: approx. 49,850 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 162,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel; 55,662 cu ft of dry cargo storage and 40,099 cu ft of refrigerated cargo
Refueling stations: five, plus two dry cargo transfer rigs
Aircraft: none, but helicopter deck
Armament: .50 machine guns
Crew: 125 (99 civilian mariners plus US Navy detachment)

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Crew List:

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

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About the Ship's Namesake:

Born in 1891 in Los Angeles, Earl Warren served in the military during WWI and later became a county district attorney. He won election to his home state's governorship, holding that position from 1943 until 1953, and was then appointed chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Warren led the Court through many landmark cases dealing with race, justice, and representation. He is credited with helping end school segregation with the court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, stating "in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

Earl Warren died on July 9, 1974.

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The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the EARL WARREN under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on May 29, 2022.

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