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USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165)
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USNS American Explorer (T-AO-165) (1959 - 1978)
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American Explorer Class Oil Transporter:
Laid down, 9 July 1957, as a Maritime Administration type (T-5-S-RM2a) tanker hull, under MARAD contract (MA 53) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc,, Pascagoula, MS.
Launched, 11 April 1958
Delivered to the Maritime Administration and turned over to the US Navy, 27 October 1959
Placed in service with MSC as USNS American Explorer (T-AO-165) to be operated under contract by a civilian firm
Reclassified as Oil Transporter (AOT-165) in September 1978
Placed out of service in September 1984, and returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont TX.
Final Disposition, sold for scrap to Southern Scrap Material LLC, New Orleans, LA for $1,052,788, announced by MARAD 16 July 2008.
Displacement 8,402 t.(lt) 31,300 t.(fl)
Draft 35' (max.)
Propulsion two boilers, one steam turbine, single shaft
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||USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165) was launched as the world's first nuclear tanker-to-be, but was completed with conversational steam plant."
US Navy photo
||USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1960
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165) transiting the Panama Canal, date unknown.
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USNS American Explorer (T-AO-165 / T-AOT-165)
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