Fleet Oiler (AO) Photo Index

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USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101)
Cohocton (AO-101) (1949 - 1960)
USS Cohocton (AO-101) (1945 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)

Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2697) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned USS Cohocton (AO-101), 25 August 1945, LCDR. J. A. Houston, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cohocton was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Cohocton was assigned to Occupation service and China service for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    5 November 1945 to 24 April 19465 November 1945 to 24 April 1946
     17 June to 8 July 1956

  • Decommissioned, 14 June 1946, at Mobile, Al. and returned to the Maritime Commission the same day
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL. Group
  • Withdrawn from reserve, 20 October 1947, reacquired by the US Navy, operated under contract for the Navy Transportation Service (NTS) by Tankers Co.
  • Merged into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, placed in service as USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101)
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 8 January 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Withdrawn from reserve, 27 September 1967, MARAD Exchange Program, Hudson Waterways Corp., renamed SS Transoneida
  • Converted to containership in 1969
  • Operated by Matson Line, dates unknown
  • Sold, 16 September 1969, to C.I.T. Corp.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 July 1980, to Keun Hwa Iron & Steel Work Enterprise, Ltd. for scrapping in Taiwan
    Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 21,650 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10" (limiting)
    Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 233
    one 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 t
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575.000 Gals
    Fuel Capacities NSFO 9,235 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 600psi 825°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one 50Kw 450V A.C.
    two 400Kw 450V A.C.
    two 85Kw 120V D.C.
    two 55Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 10,000shp

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    USS Cohocton (AO-101)
    Cohocton 118k USNS Cohocton (AO-101) launching, 28 June 1945, at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
    Photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command (UA 281-283), courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Cohocton 132k USNS Cohocton (AO-101) at anchored at Tsingtao, China, sometime between 10 January 1946 and 21 April 1946. Randy Bales for his father J.D. Bales S1/c USS Cohocton
    USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101)
    Cohocton 1042k USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101) underway in the Port of Long Beach, date unknown. David Buell
    Cohocton 108k USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101) operating as a civilian-manned MSTS tanker during the 1950s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # None.
    Robert Hurst
    Merchant Service Matson Lines
    Cohocton 55k Ex-USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101) underway as the Matson Lines containership SS Transoneida, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    Cohocton 85k

    USS Cohocton (AO-101) / USNS Cohocton (T-AO-101)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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