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USNS Pecos (T-AO 197)

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USNS PECOS is the 11th of the 18 HENRY J. KAISER class underway replenishment oilers.

General Characteristics:Awarded: February 12, 1987
Keel laid: February 17, 1988
Launched: September 23, 1989
MSC "in service": July 6, 1990
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: Pacific


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Crew List:

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

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USS Blue Ridge and USNS Pecos

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Accidents aboard USS PECOS:

DateWhereEvents
February 1998Point Loma, Ca.
USNS PECOS' Kevlar mooring lines parted (melted and fused due to dynamic action in a mild storm) during fuel unloading at Point Loma, San Diego, Ca.
Damage was about $100,000.
December 9, 199915 miles off Point Loma, Ca.
A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, with 18 people on board, crashed while attempting to land on board the PECOS during a training exercise. The chopper's landing gear apparently snagged a metal safety net and the helicopter flipped over into the water and quickly sank.

The helicopter operated from USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6).

Eleven Marines were rescued by special warfare crewmen on two nearby boats. But six Marines and a sailor drowned, their bodies were recovered later from the sunken wreckage by an unmanned submersible vehicle.

Killed in the accident were:

Gunnery Sgt. James Paige Jr.
Staff Sgt. William C. Dame
Petty Officer 1st Class Jay J. Asis
Staff Sgt. David E. Galloway
Staff Sgt. Vincent A. Sebasteanski
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey R. Starling
Cpl. Mark M. Baca

Click here to watch a clip of the accident.


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The photos below were taken by me on July 24, 2006, and show the PECOS berthed at Pearl Harbor, HI.



The photos below were taken by me on July 27, 2006, and show the PECOS returning to Pearl Harbor, HI.



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