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USNS Neosho (T-AO 143)

- formerly AO 143 -
- decommissioned -




USNS NEOSHO was the lead ship of the Navy's first major class of fleet oilers built after WWII. The NEOSHO was transfered to the Military Sealift Command on May 25, 1978. Finally decommissioned in 1992, the NEOSHO was stricken from the Navy list on February 16, 1994, and spent the following years laid-up in the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Va., awaiting final disposal. On February 9, 2005, the NEOSHO was towed to Brownsville, Tx. for scrapping at International Shipbreakers Ltd.

General Characteristics:Awarded: August 24, 1951
Keel laid: September 2, 1952
Launched: November 10, 1953
Commissioned: September 24, 1954
Decommissioned: May 25, 1978
MSC "in service": May 25, 1978
Decommissioned: 1992
Builder: Bethlehem Steel Company Shipyard, Quincy, Mass.
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 NEOSHO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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