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USS Cimarron (AO-177)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Yankee - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (7-Persian Gulf) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 18 March 1978 at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA
  • Launched, 28 April 1979
  • Commissioned USS Cimarron (AO-177), 10 January 1981, at Oakland, CA., CAPT. Robert S. Black USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 December 1998
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 May 1999
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 3 May 1999, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 October 2012, for $991,726, ESCO Marine Brownsville, TX.
    Displacement 26,000 t.(lt) 36977 t.(fl)
    Original - 591' 6"
    Jumboized - 700"
    Beam 88'
    Draft 32' (max.)
    Speed 20 kts.
    15 Officers
    318 Enlisted
    two Phalanx CIWS
    two 25MM MK 38 Machine Guns
    four .50-Caliber Machines Guns
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil - 75,000 Bbls
    JP-5 - 45,000 Bbls
    Dry Fleet Freight - 360 t.
    Ammunition - 600 t.
    Lube Oil 125 55-Gal Drums
    Refrigerated 60 t.
    Bottle Gas - 584 Cylinders
    ISO Containers - 21
    one steam turbine
    two 600psi boilers
    single propeller, 24,000shp

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    Cimarron River extends 698 miles across New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas. The headwaters flow from Johnson Mesa west of Folsom in northeastern New Mexico.
    Tommy Trampp
    ©Wikipedia map
    Cimarron 126k Cimarron (AO-177) dressed for her christening ceremony at Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, Louisiana, 28 April 1979.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1174926, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Cimarron 140k Cimarron (AO-177) under way in the Mississippi River during builders sea trials, 16 July 1980
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1179239 , a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USN 1179646
    199k Cimarron (AO-177) on builder sea trials, in the Gulf of Mexico, 5 November 1980.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 1179646 , and USN 1179647 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    USN 1179647
    Cimarron 231k USS Cimarron (AO-177) while undergoing builders sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, November 1980. Mike Smolinski
    Cimarron 53k USS Cimarron (AO-177) during a full power run while undergoing fleet acceptance trials in 1981 off the California coast. Robert Hurst
    Cimarron 116k USS Cimarron (AO-177) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Cimarron 252k USS Cimarron (AO-177) moored after recently arriving at San Diego in August 1981. Photo by ©David Buell
    Cimarron 61k USS Cimarron (AO-177) outbound to sea from San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate Bridge in background.
    US Navy photo
    Cimarron 53k USS Cimarron (AO-177) under way, date and location unknown. Chris Plum
    Cimarron 2832k USS Cimarron (AO-177) under way off Apra Harbor, Guam, 21 March 1983.
    Defenseimagery photo # DN-SC-90-07716, a US Navy photo by PH1 Smith, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst and Chris Plum
    Cimarron 1260k USS Cimarron (AO-177) at anchor in the harbor at Melbourne, Australia, date unknown. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Cimarron 60k USS Cimarron (AO-177) under way, date and location unknown. Chris Plum
    Cimarron 76k USS Cimarron (AO-177) drydocked, date and location unknown. Chris Plum
    Cimarron 125k USS Cimarron (AO-177) moored at Avondale Shipyard, New Orleans, LA. in April 1992.
    US National Archives identifier (NAID) 6483969
    Robert Hurst
    Cimarron 119k USS Cimarron (AO-177) plaque Tommy Trampp

    There is no history available for USS Cimarron (AO-177) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Black, Robert Steven10 January 1981 - 7 January 1983
    02CAPT. Peschka Jr., Jerome Aloysius7 January 1983 - 7 August 1985
    03CDR. Lines, David Freeman7 August 1985 - 18 December 1987
    04CDR. Egan, Dennis James18 December 1987 - 12 December 1989
    05CDR. Shaver, Eric Bruce12 December 1989 - 22 November 1991
    06CDR. Gernes, Deborah Sue22 November 1991 - 27 August 1993
    07CDR. Patterson, Torkel Lloyd27 August 1993 - 31 March 1994
    08LCDR. Bergin, David31 March 1994 - 10 April 1994
    09CAPT. Capello, Leonard William (Lenny)10 April 1994 - 19 June 1994
    10CDR. Felmly, Michael Lloyd19 June 1994 - 4 March 1996
    11CDR. Perdue, David Michael4 March 1996 - 27 February 1998
    12CDR. Richter, Steven Lee, USN (USNA 1981)27 February 1998 - 15 December 1998
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Cimarron (AO-177) Welcome Aboard brochure
    Cimarron-Class Booklet of General Plans
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