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USS KAWISHIWI AO-146 SERVICE AT SEA. The Neosho class Naval Fleet Oiler mission is to provide logistical support to various units by transporting bulk.

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1 USS KAWISHIWI AO-146 SERVICE AT SEA

2 The Neosho class Naval Fleet Oiler mission is to provide logistical support to various units by transporting bulk petroleum products, fleet freight, mail and personnel from shore depots to combatants and support forces afloat and effecting delivery underway. Kawishiwi is 655 feet long, 86 feet wide, is designed to travel at 20 knots and carry 180,000 barrels of cargo fuel. Six of these ships were built in the 50’s as the 1 st streamlined Oilers. They were each designed specifically to replenishment a carrier task force while underway. They carried one-third more than the Cimarron Class. The new Lewis and Clark T-AKE1 is 34ft. Longer and 20 ft. wider, will make the same speed. The extra space is for dry cargo and ammunition. She will only carry 33,000 barrels of cargo fuel.

3 These plan sections give an idea of how Kawishiwi is constructed. Photo right, is of bow’s 5 inch 38 and 3 inch 50’s 3 in. during 1972 REFTRA 4 central tanks, surrounded by other tanks were designed for Aviation Fuel

4 Capt. J.P. Swain Capt. E.T. Hydeman Capt. A.L. Gibelin Capt. E.G. Gardner Jr Capt. Capt. Capt. G.P. Joyce H.A. Seymour L.R. Vasey COMMANDERS of USS KAWISHIWI AO Capt. Capt. Capt. Capt. Capt. F.T. Cooper R.L. Pitts C.S. Tanner M.J. Carpenter D.B. Edge

5 1989 MASTER of the USNS KAWISHIWI TAO-146 Captain Patrick Moloney MSC Other MSC Masters have not been tracked down at this recording Capt. Capt. Capt. Capt. Capt. Joe Cady J.J. Meyer Jr. D.M. Wyand O.J. Bilderback J.L. Nickolson Jr. Capt. Capt. E.J. Hogan F.S. Teague J.L. Finley J.C. Presley

6 How many of you were in the SMOKE ROOM? The only access is via a hatch on the 01 Deck. This area is just aft of the JUNGLE DECK. It is mainly a sleeping area. In the 1 st Div there is a red spot marked photo. That photo is >>>

7 Original fuel transfer rigs were as show at station no.6 – right A boom extended from a king post. After a couple years, station no.8 was refitted with a “Ram Tension Span Wire”, developed with the Otis Elevator Co. The king post had a counter weight built within it.. Powerful winches, (operated by steam) were used to handle the lines, lifting fuel hoses up and over the side to Kawishiwi’s customers

8 Station 3’s three pumping stations. Notice each line has two valves The Jungle Deck. This view is from starboard with tank 3S access hatch at right.

9 Inspecting tank 3S requires air tanks and mask because the is dead air down there. The cross section at right gives gives you an idea how far down the bottom of the tank is. They have been scrubbed clean many times

10 "AH What a beautiful morning - keep'em coming “ HUMPIN' and PUMPIN" Is Our Job Providing the Fleet With Fuel. We're the Men of the Special "K" Where Excellence Is the Rule. (1976) Symbolic of the essential mission of Kawishiwi is this photo. At first glance it appears as a complex tangle of wires, pulleys, hoses, and saddles. It takes 7 to 10 men to make it work. In the hands of well trained and coordinated men, its operation is a pretty sight.

11 Here comes Enterprise USS Enterprise CVN-65 In 1976 She sure looks big Wow it’s getting bigger

12 Heaving the Bolo in 1964 Replenishment at sea is a rough job. Watch a ship come along side Kawishiwi and the abyss between becomes a furious mass of waves, the decks awash with water (and often flying fish). Sound powered phone circuits from nearly every point on deck relay information to the bridge - the command center. From the first shot line to the final hook-up, nearly 150 men--trained and proficient in their tasks--execute the transfer of vital fuel products to the ships of the fleet View - How do they stand up?

13 Line shot in 1972, right between the eyes. Our main customers during the fall and winter 1962 deployment were USS KITTY KAWK (CVA-63) and her five destroyers; USS De Haven (DD-727) USS Duncan (DDR-824) USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) USS Mansfield (DD-728) USS Swenson (DD-729). SEE THE PROBE IN CENTER OF “3”

14 Like with this other tanker in During one of the longest and roughest work days of the cruise, teamwork and split second timing were vital. The men at station three prepare to send over a hose to an APA during Exercise Back Pack. The seas were running 8 to 12 feet, with winds holding steady at 37 knots, and it was wet and cold. Howell, boatswain mate in charge, was inundated seconds after this picture was taken. Waves between the two ships often became huge mountains of water, crashing against the sides and sending spray as high as 70 feet in the air.

15 1970 Underway training included a gun shoot on 2 February and an underway replenishments from USS Kawishiwi (AO-146) on 5 February. While USS Denver LPD-9 was alongside the port side of Kawishiwi with two fuel rigs connected, USS MONTICELLO LSD-35 made contact with Kawishiwi while approaching her starboard side. Denver executed emergency breakaway procedures and no personnel or material casualties resulted on Denver. Kawishiwi and Monticello both received minor damage, but both ships were left capable of carrying out assigned missions and no personnel were injured. Underway replenishment was resumed after a short delay and completed without further incident. The commanding officer of Denver was directed to conduct an informal investigation of the incident. OTHER COLLISIONS HAVE OCCURED

16 USS Gray DE-1054 was hosed with black oil in 1973 three times, but still wouldn't come in close. Who has guns big enough for these shells - in Navy Special Fuel Oil NSFO, Has many times been sprayed over the customer ship. The hoses can break for many reasons. Soap is used a lot.

17 Refueling is hard work, they need rest in the 1966 shade Just turning a valve turns out a sweat. Then there is pulling on that line, in 1976

18 One of the rare times a carrier landed aircraft while Unrepping from us.. USS Hancock CVA

19 USS Newport News CA-148 Along Side

20 Let us pray for those who have past on. Navy Hymn Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm hath bound the restless wave, who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep, its own appointed limits keep: O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea. O Christ, whose voice the waters heard and hushed their raging at thy word, who walkedst on the foaming deep, and calm amid the storm didst sleep; O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea. Most Holy Spirit, who didst brood upon the chaos dark and rude, and bid its angry tumult cease, and give, for wild confusion, peace: O hear us when we cry to thee for those in peril on the sea. O Trinity of love and power, our brethren shield in danger's hour; from rock and tempest, fire and foe, protect them wheresoe'er they go; thus evermore shall rise to thee glad hymns of praise from land and sea. Words: William Whiting, 1860; Composer: John B. Dykes 1861;


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