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USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196)

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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
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)
Fleet: Atlantic


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Crew List:

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.

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Accidents aboard USNS KANAWHA:

DateWhereEvents
September 10, 200960 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, 2010off the east coast of FloridaWhile 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.


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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.



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