USS ROANOKE was the seventh and final ship in the WICHITA - class of replenishment oilers. Decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on October 6, 1995, ROANOKE is now berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, Ca., awaiting final disposal.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 15, 1972|
|Keel laid: January 19, 1974|
|Launched: December 7, 1974|
|Commissioned: October 30, 1976|
|Decommissioned: October 6, 1995|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, Ca.|
|Propulsion system: Three boilers, steam turbines, two shafts, 32,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 659 feet (200.86 meters)|
|Beam: 96 feet (29.3 meters)|
|Draft: 35 feet (10.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 40,100 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: 2 CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters|
|Armament: two Phalanx CIWS, one Mk-29 Sea Sparrow Missile Launcher|
|Crew: 22 officers, 398 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS ROANOKE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS ROANOKE:
|October 29, 1984||Pearl Harbor, HI|
USS ROANOKE runs aground just outside the entrance of Pearl Harbor, HI., after suffering a steering casualty. The ship rides free eight hours later and returns to port.
|July 2, 1986||Long Beach, Ca.|
USS ROANOKE collides with the Liberian oil tanker MINT PROSPERITY while entering the port of Long Beach in low visibility. ROANOKE sustains only minor damage to its bow and enters Naval Station Long Beach under its own power.
USS ROANOKE Image Gallery:
The photos below as well as the attached captions were contributed by Mark Perry.
The photos below were taken by me and show the ROANOKE laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.