June 1983 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Avondale Built USS Platte Commissioned At Norfolk

The fleet oiler Platte (AO-186) was commissioned recently at the U.S. Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. U.S. Senator J. James Exon Jr. of Nebraska was the principal speaker. Nancy Russo Inman, wife of Adm.

Bobby Inman (USN-ret.), was the ship's sponsor.

The Platte, last of the Cimmaron-class fleet oilers, was built by Avondale Shipyard, Avondale, La. The oiler is assigned to the Second Fleet, U.S. Surface Forces Atlantic.

The Platte's primary mission will be to deliver bulk fuel from shore depots to underway fleet units. The Platte is 591 feet long, displaces 26,110 tons and is capable of a sustained speed of 20 knots. The ship can carry five million gallons — 60 percent marine diesel fuel and 40 percent JP-5.

Named for the Platte River in southern Nebraska, the ship is the second fleet oiler to bear the name. The first was the USS Platte (AO-24) which served with distinction from 1939 to 1970, earning 19 battle stars for service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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