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USNS Mispillion (T-AO 105)

- formerly AO 105 -
- decommissioned -

USNS MISPILLION was the first of five former MARAD standard type T3-S2-A3 oilers which received a "jumboization" conversion in the mid-1960s. Commissioned in 1945, the MISPILLION was the first ship in the Navy named after the river in Delaware. Transfered to the Military Sealift Command in 1975, the MISPILLION was eventually decommissioned in 1991. Subsequently laid up in Benicia, Calif., as part of the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, the MISPILLION was finally sold for scrapping to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Tx., in 2012.

General Characteristics:Keel Laid: February 14, 1945
Launched: August 10, 1945
Commissioned: December 29, 1945
Decommissioned: July 26, 1974
MSC "in service": 1975
Decommissioned: 1991
Stricken: February 15, 1995
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.
Propulsion system: four boilers
Propellers: two
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
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Crew: approx. 108 civilians and a Navy personnel detachment

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USS / USNS MISPILLION:

January 10, 1982Indian Ocean
During routine fuel transfer, the USNS MISPILLION and the Navy-contracted tanker TEXAS TRADER collide causing minor damage to both ships. No injuries are reported.

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The photo below was taken by me and shows the MISPILLION laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010. The large dark barge on the left is the Hughes Mining Barge (HMB 1) housing the Sea Shadow.

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