Avondale Industries Christens N a v y ' s Newest Fleet Oiler, USNS Pecos ( T - A O - 1 9 7)

Christening ceremonies were recently held at the Shipyards Division of Avondale Industries, Inc., for the seventh in a series of seven fleet oilers under construction by the Louisiana builder.

The USNS Pecos (T-AO-197) is 667 feet long, 97 feet wide and has a maximum draft of 36 feet. Her mission along with her sister ships is to transport bulk products from shore depots to combatants and support forces under way. The fleet oilers also carry and deliver fleet freight, cargo, water, mail and personnel.

Underway refueling of other ships in the fleet is accomplished using transfer rigs with transfer hoses suspended by a span wire automatically maintained in a constant-tension range. T-AOs are also capable of refueling helicopters from a vertical replenishment facility aft of the superstructure.

Powered by a pair of Colt-Pielstick 10-cylinder, medium speed diesel engines, the Pecos is capable of service speeds of 20 knots. She has a capacity of 183,500 barrels of oil in 18 cargo tanks, and is capable of simulataneously receiving, storing and discharging two separate grades of cargo fuel.

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