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USNS Navasota (T-AO-106)
USS Navasota (AO-106) (1946 - 1975)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Oscar - Papa
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Debark (Q)uebec - 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 (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (6-Iran/Indian Ocean, 1-Libya, 2 Persian Gulf) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (9)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Taiwan Straits, 6-Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (14) - Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 22 February 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 2702), at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 30 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Navasota (AO-106), 27 February 1946, CDR. David H. McCluskey, USNR, in command
  • USS Navasota was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    24 August to 1 September 19465 to 16 September 1946
    21 September to 25 October 194629 to 30 October 1946
    8 to 14 January 194717 January to 4 June 1947
    15 July to 11 August 194712 to 16 August 1947
    17 to 21 August 194718 April to 22 June 1948
    25 to 27 October 194829 October to 4 November 1948
    6 to 20 November 194823 November to 29 December 1948
    30 June to 21 July 195021 August to 9 September 1950
    27 July to 20 August 195027 June to 29 July 1951
     21 July to 23 August 1952
     6 to 7 September 1954
     7 to 9 November 1954

  • During the Korean War USS Navasota (AO-106) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 to 29 September 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    24 to 30 April 1952
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 9 and 15 to 29 May 1952
    12 to 26 June 1952
    7 to 16 July 1952
    9 to 20 September 1952
    29 September to 12 October 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    4 to 6 and 12 to 21 April 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    10 to 18 March 1953
    1 to 9 and 25 to 30 April 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    25 April to 2 May 1951
    6 to 10 May 1951
    22 May to 6 June 1951
    13 to 19 June 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    1 to 2 and 17 to 26 May 1953
    25 to 27 July 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    3 to 12 August 1951
    28 August to 5 September 1951
    16 to 25 September 1951

  • Jumboized, October 1963 to December 1964 at Puget Sound Bridge and Drydock Co., Plant No. 2, Harbor Island, Seattle, WA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Navasota (AO-106) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    15 to 24 September 1965
    4, 6, 9 and 16 to 27 October 1965
    9 to 18 November1965
    30 November to 8 December 1965
    17 to 24 December 1965
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    7 to 25 April 1969
    6 to 17 May 1969
    26 May to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965
    6 to 13 January 1966
    26 January to 6 February1966
    13 to 22 February 1966
    7 to 22 March 1966
    30 March to 5 April 1966
    11 to 15 April 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 10 June 1969
    27 June to 11 July 1969
    27 to 29 July 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    30 November to 9 December 1966
    30 December 1966 to 5 January 1967
    10 to 20 February 1967
    27 February to 9 March 1967
    7 to 13 and 19 to 26 April 1967
    10 to 18 May1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    10 to 20 and 27 to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    20 December to 29 January 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 to 14 July 1970
    29 July to 6 August 1970
    19 August to 5 September 1970
    11 to 12 and 19 to 27 September 1970
    6 to 14 October 1970
    24 October to 2 November 1970
    8 to 12 November 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 to 31 January 1968
    24 March to 1 April 1968
    Consolidation I
    20 to 28 September 1971
    15 to 17 October 1971
    23 October to 5 November 1971
    11 to 29 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    10 to 22 April 1968
    8 to 17 May 1968
    23 May to 1 June 1968
    10 to 30 June 1968
    Consolidation II
    17 December 1971 to 1 January 1972
    9 to 17 and 26 to 30 January 1972
    6 to 11 and 16 to 22 February 1972
    1 to 29 March 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 6 and 10 July 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    30 March to 8 April 1972
    13 to 19 and 26 to 28 April 1972
    4 to 16 May 1972
    28 May to 2 June 1972

  • Decommissioned, 13 August 1975
  • Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Navasota (T-AO-106)
  • Placed out of service in 1991
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 January 1992
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 25 October 1995
  • USS Navasota earned nine battle stars for Korean War service and fourteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    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
    "Jumboization" Specifications:
    Displacement 12,840 t.(lt) 33,987 t.(fl)
    Length 644"
    Draft 34' 9"

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    USS Navasota (AO-106)
    Navasota 69k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) off the coast of Korea during the Korean War in 1950. Gary Schreffler
    Navasota 111k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Electra (AKA-4) off her starboard side and USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off her port side, off San Diego in 1954. Photo by Donald Ravey USS Electra
    Navasota 142k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Electra (AKA-4) off her starboard side and USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off her port side, off San Diego in 1954. Photo by Donald Ravey USS Electra
    Navasota 66k USS Navasota (AO-106) pulling away after refueling USS Electra (AKA-4) and USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off San Diego in 1954. Photo by Donald Ravey USS Electra
    Navasota 67k HMAS Anzac (D-59)refueling from the port side of USS Navasota (AO-106) in the Yellow Sea south of Korea, 26 October 1957.
    Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 305588
    Mike Green
    Marshall 140k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling the aircraft carrier USS Lexington (CVA-16) and the destroyer USS Marshall (DD-676) in the eastern Philippine Sea during the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis. Lexington, with assigned Carrier Air Group 21 (CVG-21), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 14 July to 19 December 1958. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Lexington (CVA-16) 1958 cruise book. Robert Hurst
    Navasota 109k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Oriskany (CVA-34) and USS King (DLG-10) in the South China Sea, circa early-1965. Patrick J. Audinet Sr., STG-2, USS King (DLG-10) 7/62 to 7/65.
    Navasota 65k USS Navasota (AO-106) under way in 1965, location unknown. Note UH-46A Sea Knight in foreground.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Navasota 440k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Basilone (DD-824) and USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) off Vietnam, circa May 1966. Note the last deployment of CVW-5, tail code "NF", aboard Ticonderoga was in May 1966. US Navy photo. Chris Stanley and the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray USS Essex.
    Navasota 104k USS Navasota (AO-106) under way, date and location unknown. CDR. Louis D Chirillo USN Ret
    Navasota 46k USS Navasota (AO-106) at Puget Sound Bridge and Dry Dock Co., Seattle, WA. undergoing Jumboization.
    The following newspaper article is from the 10 January 1964 issue of The Seattle Times:
    90-ton Deckhouse Moved
    by Wayne Jacobi, Times Staff Reporter

    Bremerton, Jan. 10 --- The Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Co. yesterday completed the second stage of its chunk-style conversion of the Navy oiler Navasota---with an assist from the Bremerton Naval Shipyard. The Bremerton yard's 250-ton swing crane lifted the 190-ton deckhouse from the old hull of the Navasota, swung 1t 230 feet across a pier and set it own on the new hull. The new hull, consisting of the bow of the old Navasota and a Japanese-built midbody plus the old hull were then taken back to Seattle, where the stern section of the old hull will be cut free from the old midsection and welded to the new hull. Despite high winds and slashing rain, the Navy Yard crew brought off the heavy lift without a hitch. The Navasota is the first of two such fleet oilers being "jumboized" by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Co. The other is the Waccamaw. Both conversions are to be completed by June.The new mid-sections will increase the cargo-carrying capacities of the ships about 50 percent.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Navasota 49k USS Navasota (AO-106) moored, pierside with USS Hamner (DD-718) at Sasebo, Japan in 1969. Photo by LT. William P. Jones MD USNR USS Niagara (AFS-3)
    Navasota 78k USS Navasota (AO-106) under way off Subic Bay, Philippines, 1969. James Furst Jr.
    Navasota 85k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS Duncan (DD-874) to starboard and USS America (CVA-66) to port while underway in the South China Sea in 1970. Photo taken from Bausell (DD-845). Photo by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    Navasota 107k USS Navasota (AO-106) refueling USS America (CVA-66) in the South China Sea during 1970. Photo taken from USS Bausell (DD-845). Photo by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    Navasota 821k USS Navasota (AO-106) takes position as USS Oklahoma City (CLG-5) prepares to come alongside for refueling in the Gulf of Tonkin in November 1971. Photos by Ltjg. Henry Walters USS Oklahoma City
    Navasota 1032k
    Navasota 1227k
    Navasota 106k USS Navasota (AO-106) passing Point Loma while outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USNS Navasota (T-AO-106)
    Navasota 290k USNS Navasota (T-AO-106) under way during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) of USS Somers (DDG-34) in 1981, location unknown. Photo taken from USS Constellation (CV-64) Photo by Paul Jarvis USS Constellation
    Navasota 197k USNS Navasota (T-AO-106) under way during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USS Constellation (CV-64) in December 1981, location unknown. Photo taken from USS Constellation (CV-64) Photo by Paul Jarvis USS Constellation
    Navasota 351k
    Navasota 165k
    Navasota 104k
    Navasota 114k
    Navasota 247k
    Navasota 145k
    CV-66 America 70k Aerial view of USNS Navasota (T-AO-106) and USS America (CV-66) during an underway replenishment operation in the Indian Ocean, June 1981.
    DOD photo # DNSC8507724, a US Navy photo by PH2 Collins USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Navasota 70k USNS Navasota (T-AO-106) underway during a Replenishment at Sea of USS Midway (CV-41) and USS England (CG-22) . Photo was taken in late 1983. (Note - Midway has SPS-48 and SPS-49 radars, but no SPS-43A and F-4 Phantoms on deck, the last F-4s deployed aboard Midway in January-March 1986).
    US Navy photo.
    Photo by James Furst Jr. IC2 USN
    Navasota 1519k USNS Navasota (T-AO-106) under way, 2 March 1987, location unknown.
    Defense Imagery photo VIRN: DN-SC-87-10707, a US Navy photo by PH3 E. Martens now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Navasota 143k USNS Navasota (T-AO-106) under way in February 1991 during exercises off the coast of southern California. The fueling station forward of the bridge was removed from this class to clear more room on the bow for helicopter operations. Note the reappearance of the large bow hull numbers.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # DN-SC-92-08694, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS / USNS Navasota, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Navasota General Plans from the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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