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USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187)

- Military Sealift Command -

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USNS HENRY J. KAISER is the lead ship of the HENRY J. KAISER - class of fleet oilers. This class was specially built for the Military Sealift Command (MSC). She is the first ship in the Navy named after Henry John Kaiser (1882-1967), an American industrialist. He established the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond, Calif., and is known as the father of modern American shipbuilding.

General Characteristics:Awarded: November 12, 1982
Keel laid: August 22, 1984
Launched: October 5, 1985
Delivered: December 19, 1986
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, LA
Propulsion system: two Colt-Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V 570 diesels
Propellers: two
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
Armament: none
Crew: 82 civilian crew (18 officers); 21 Navy (1 officer)
Homeport: Pacific


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Crew List:

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

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The photos below were taken by me on July 18, 2006, and show the HENRY J. KAISER berthed at Alameda, Calif.



The photos below were taken by me on October 6, 2011, and show the HENRY J. KAISER undergoing maintenance at San Francisco, Calif.



The photos below were taken by me on October 5, 2012, and show the HENRY J. KAISER returning to Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif. The last two photos were taken one day earlier, when the HENRY J. KAISER was moored at the Fuel Pier in San Diego.



The photo below was taken by Henry Schnutz on August 27, 2013, and shows the HENRY J. KAISER at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.



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