HENRY J. KAISER (TAO-187) class Weapon Systems // Ships // Auxiliary


Country of Origin: USA

These fleet oilers are based on the earlier CIMARRON-class (AO-177) design, but are built to civilian specifications and are manned by the Military Sealift Command (MSC). The design contract was let to George Sharp on July 7, 1980. Compared to the CIMARRONs, the KAISERs are longer and beamier and propelled by diesels instead of a single steam turbine. They were the first ships to be built from the keel up for MSC. Since the early 1990s, these ships have provided the bulk of the Navy's...

 

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