Avondale Christens U.S. Navy Fleet Oiler, USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195)

The Shipyards Division of Avondale Industries, Inc., Avondale, La., recently christened the U.S. Navy's newest fleet oiler, the USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195).

The USNS Leroy Grumman, like her sister ships in the T-AO-187 Class, is 677-1/2 feet long, has a beam of 97-1/2 feet, draft of 36 feet and displaces 40,700 tons. She is powered by two 10-cylinder PC4.2 Colt-Pielstick diesel engines manufactured by the Fairbanks Morse Division of Colt Industries, Inc.

Sponsoring the ship were the three daughters of the late Leroy Grumman, one of our nation's greatest industrialists and aircraft designers, and the man whom T-AO 195 honors. The sponsors were Marion Grumman Phillips, Florence Grumman Hold and Grace Grumman Nelson. Officially representing Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation was Dr. Renso Caporali, vice chairman, corporate technology.

The principal speaker at the event was Representative Lindy Boggs, D-La., a longtime supporter of maritime interests.

Other christening participants were: Albert L. Bossier Jr., chairman and CEO, Avondale Industries, Inc., Capt. E. L. Gibson, USN, Commander, Fast Sealift Squadron One; Vice Adm. Peter M.

Hekman, USN, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command, Capt.

Paul D. Hurst, USN Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, New Orleans, and Michael P.

Garvey, Chaplain Corp, United States Naval Reserve.

The mission of the Grumman will be to transport bulk petroleum products from shore depots to Navy ships at sea. Designed to carry 180,000 barrels of fuel and 534 pallets of dry cargo stores, the Grumman's at-sea delivery capability will enable Navy ships to operate for longer periods without returning to port for fuel and supplies.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 48,  Feb 1989

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