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USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
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USS Truckee (AO-147) (1955 - 1980)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Foxtrot - India
NLFI
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Haywood (S)ierra - 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 - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (9 Lebanon & 1 Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba & Lebanon)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Neosho Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1953, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 10 March 1955
  • Commissioned USS Truckee (AO-147), 6 July 1955, CAPT. Joseph W. Leverton in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 January 1980 and placed in service with MSC as USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
  • Placed out of service, 21 October 1991, at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred, 12 December 1991, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1997
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 May 1999
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrap, 28 July 2008, to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA. for $1,231,328
  • Removed, 6 August 2008, from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,600 t.(lt), 38,000 t.(fl)
    Length 655'
    Beam 86'
    Draft 35'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 180,000 bbls
    Complement
    (USS) 324
    (USNS) 106 civilian mariners, 21 navy
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion two geared turbines, two boilers, two shafts, 28,000 shaft horsepower
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    Truckee 42k USS Truckee (AO-147) at sea in 1956. Ken Kauffman
    Truckee 71k USS Truckee (AO-147) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), circa 17 September to 4 October 1958. .
    Truckee 78k USS Truckee (AO-147) pulls away from USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) after completing an underway replenishment, circa 17 September to 4 October 1958. .
    Truckee 88k USS Truckee (AO-147), at Norfolk, VA, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Truckee 83k USS Truckee (AO-147) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Truckee 137k USS Truckee (AO-147) entering/leaving port, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1965.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Truckee 349k USS Truckee (AO-147) refueling USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) during an underway replenishment off the coast of Genoa, Italy, 5 October 1965.
    US Navy photo. (Thanks to Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal Association historian, who helped with the date and location of this picture).
    Robert M. Cieri
    Truckee 810k USS Truckee (AO-147) entering/leaving a European port, date and location unknown. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Truckee 1274k USS Truckee (AO-147) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Albany (CG-10) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1969-1970. Photos were taken from USS Independence (CVA-62) by Harry B. Kidd, PH2 USN. Harry B Kidd
    Truckee 198k
    Truckee 177k
    Truckee 172k
    Truckee 313k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) underway, date and location unknown. US Navy photo Tommy Trampp
    Truckee
    [DNST9100385]
    97k USS Truckee (AO-147) underway, date and location unknown.
    DOD photo #s [DNST9100385] and [DNST9100544]
    Defense News Service
    Truckee
    [DNST9100544]
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    USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
    Truckee 1557k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) underway, 30 January 1980, location unknown.
    Defense Imagery photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-88-09164, a US Navy photo by PH2 Skip Holmes.
    Robert Hurst
    Puget Sound 499k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) and USS Puget Sound (AD-38) conducting a refueling at sea, circa 1983, while underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Photos by Michael Brown USS Puget Sound
    Puget Sound 512k
    Puget Sound 506k
    Truckee 1233k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy in 1985 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Truckee 80k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) pier side at NOB Norfolk, VA, 1989. Photo shows damage to hull and bridge wing from collision with USS Yellowstone (AD-41). Edward H. Cleary
    Truckee 172k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) and the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) conducting an underway replenishment at sea, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
    Truckee 74k Ex-USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) underway in Hampton Roads off Portsmouth, VA. for the last time as she heads for the breakers yard at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA. Photo by Mabel Clark


    For more photos and information about USS Truckee, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Truckee AO-147
  • USS Truckee AO (T-AO) 147 Crew Networking Site
  • USS Truckee AO-147 (Yahoo Group)
  • Commanding Officers

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

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