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Show above at the christening of the USNS Big Horn at Avondale Industries, left to right:

Rear Adm. Tim M. Jenkins, USNR Commander, Military Sealift Command-Atlantic (Mobili- zation); Capt. Joseph F. King, USN Deputy Commander Amphibious, Auxiliary, Mine and

Sealift Ships Directorate, Naval Sea Systems Command; Mrs. John C. Donahue III; Capt.

John C. Donahue III. USN Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, New Orleans; the Honorable Kathy Karpan. Secretary of State, State of Wyoming; Mrs. Nan Schroll

Thorne Fogel. matron of honor; Mrs. Ann Schroll Simpson, sponsor; Miss Susan Lorna

Simpson, maid of honor; the Honorable Alan K. Simpson. U.S. Senator, State of Wyoming, principal speaker; Albert L. Bossier Jr., chairman, president and chief executive officer of

Avondale Industries; and Miss Tiffaney Marie Chiasson, flower girl. freight, cargo water, mail and per- sonnel.

The USNS Big Horn has a cargo capacity of 183,500 barrels of oil in 18 cargo tanks and is capable of simultaneously receiving, storing, and discharging two separate grades of cargo fuel. All cargo pump and valve operations, and the ship's se- gregated ballast system are manipu- lated from the Cargo Control Cen- ter, located in the aft superstructure with an overview of the entire un- derway replenishment deck.

Powered by twin 10-cylinder, me- dium-speed Colt-Pielstick diesel en- gines, the Big Horn is capable of ser- vice speeds of 20 knots, with im-

Avondale Christens 10th In Series

Of 16 Auxiliary Fleet Oilers

Under Construction For U.S. Navy

The 10th in a series of 16 auxilia- ry fleet oilers under construction for the U.S. Navy by the Shipyards

Division of Avondale Industries,

Inc., was christened the USNS Big

Horn (T-AO-198) in ceremonies held recently at the yard. The vessel is scheduled for delivery this fall.

The Big Horn and her sister ships in the T-AO Class are 667 feet long with a beam of 97 feet and a maxi- mum draft of 36 feet. Their primary mission is to transport bulk prod- ucts from shore depots to comba- tants and support forces underway.

The ships also deliver limited fleet

The USNS Big Horn, which bears the name of a mountain, river and a valley located in the state of Wyoming, will transport bulk products from shore depots to combatants and support forces under way. Her ability to deliver at sea enables U.S. Navy ships to operate indefinitely without returning to port for fuel.



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