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USS Chukawan (AO-100)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Kilo - Alpha
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Richard (Y)ankee - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2562) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 28 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Chukawan (AO-100), 22 January 1946, CDR. G. H. Burrows, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 13 June 1972, Pier 2, Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1972
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, 1 March 1973
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts. (trial)
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 282
    Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    NSFO 123,700Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    two Bethlehem geared turbines
    four Foster and Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    two propellers, 13,500shp

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    Chukawan 115k USS Chukawan (AO-100) refueling USS Midway (CVA-41) and USS John R. Pierce (DD-753) in 1950. Grumman F8F-1B Bearcats, Grumman F9F-2 Panthers, Vought F4U-4 Corsairs and Douglas AD-4 Skyraiders of Carrier Air Group Seven (CVG-7) are visible on Midway´s flight deck. US Navy photo. Robert Hurst
    Chukawan 86k USS Chukawan (AO-100) under way, circa 1956, location unknown. Photo by Larry Bohn
    Chukawan 128k USS Chukawan (AO-100) under way in April, 1957. Note the hoses suspended from the booms at all four fueling stations to port.
    US Navy photo # USN 1015706, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Chukawan 86k USS Chukawan (AO-100) conducting a replenishment-at-sea with USS Essex (CVS-9) and USS Johnston (DD-821), in 1960, location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Chukawan 66k USS Chukawan (AO-100) replenishing USS Albany (CG-10), in the Caribbean Sea, December 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Chukawan 213k USS Chukawan (AO-100) replenishing USS Goodrich (DD-831) and USS Power (DD-839), date and location unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Chukawan 68k USS Chukawan (AO-100) conducting an underway replenishment, date and location unknown. Stanley C. Svec
    Chukawan 39k USS Chukawan (AO-100) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Photo, courtesy Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Chukawan 91k USS Chukawan (AO-100) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Photo, courtesy Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Chukawan 84k USS Chukawan (AO-100) refueling USS Boston (CAG-1) while operating in the Mediterranean, 15 September 1962.
    US Navy photo # USN 1063227 dated 9/15/62, from the archives of the US Navy Photographic Center, Naval Station, Washington, 25, D.C.
    David Buell
    Chukawan 64k USS Chukawan (AO-100) decommissioning ceremony invitation for 13 June 1972 at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Robert Wujcik USS Chukawan

    For more photos and information about USS Chukawan, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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