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USS Roanoke (AOR 7)

- decommissioned -

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
Propellers: two
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

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Crew List:

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.

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Accidents aboard USS ROANOKE:

October 29, 1984Pearl 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, 1986Long 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.

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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.

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