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USS Willamette (AO-180)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Tango - Sierra
NVTS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5)
Bottom Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Persian Gulf, 1-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia)


Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 4 August 1980, at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 18 July 1981
  • Commissioned USS Willamette (AO-180), 18 December 1981, CDR. David M. Brown, in command
  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and title transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal, 30 April 1999
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold, date unknown, for scrapping at Brownsville, TX.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,645 t.(lt) 37,840 t.(fl)
    Length 708'
    Beam 88'
    Draft 32' (max.)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 15 Officers, 215 Enlisted
    Armament two 6X20mm Phalanx CIWS;
    Cargo Capacity 180,000 barrels petroleum products, 600 tons ammunition
    Propulsion two 600psi boilers, one steam turbine, single shaft, 24,000shp

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    Willamette 211k USS Willamette (AO-180) sideways launching into the Mississippi River, 18 July 1981, at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA. Tommy Trampp
    Willamette 40k USS Willamette (AO-180) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Willamette 54k USS Willamette (AO-180) underway off Oahu, HI.
    US Navy photo
    USS Willamette (AO-180) web site
    Willamette 46k USS Willamette (AO-180) stern view, on her underway replenishment course ready to receive USS Reeves (CG 24) alongside for refueling in the Hawaii op areas, January 1983. Chris Ronan
    Willamette 41k USS Willamette (AO-180) stern view, on her underway replenishment course ready to receive USS Reeves (CG 24) alongside for refueling in the Hawaii op areas, January 1983. Chris Ronan
    Willamette 84k USS Willamette (AO-180) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Willamette 1146k USS Willamette (AO-180) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Worden (CG-18) participate in an underway replenishment (UNREP), during a midshipmen's summer training cruise in the Pacific Ocean, 1 July 1986.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-87-03014 a US Navy photo by: PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Robert M. Cieri
    Duncan 175k USS Willamette (AO--80) services USS Duncan (FFG-10), during an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) at sea as USS Gray (FF 1054) follows in trail, January 1987.
    DVIC photo # DNSC0506680 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Duncan 267k USS Willamette (AO-180) and USS Duncan (FFG-10) as they prepare for an Underway Replenishment (UNREP) at sea, January 1987.
    DVIC photo # DNSC0506674 a US navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Willamette 86k USS Willamette (AO-180) underway, circa August 1988 - November 1990, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Willamette 379k Starboard bow view of USS Willamette (AO-180) coming up alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) (not shown) near Hawaii during an underway replenishment operation, 1 June 1993.
    DVIC photo # DNA-ST-95-01184 by PH2 Dale W. Novocaine, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Willamette 286k Ex-USS Willamette (AO-180) laid up in the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
    US Maritime Administration photo.
    Ron Reeves
    Willamette 254k
    Willamette 240k Ex-USS Willamette (AO-180) at Brownsville, TX., awaiting scrapping, 17 March 2014. Photo by Christopher Holley

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Willamette (AO-180) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Brown, David Melton18 December 1982 - November 1984
    02CDR. Hulty, Robert MichaelNovember 1984 - 11 March 1986
    03CDR. Lundahl, David Carlton11 March 1986 - 17 August 1988
    04CDR. Williams, Alan Bruce17 August 1988 - November 1990
    05CDR. Womack, Stephen LawrenceNovember 1990 - 8 January 1993
    06CDR. Divis, Conrad Bruce8 January 1993 - November 1994
    07CAPT. Hackney, Norma LeeNovember 1994 - November 1996
    08CAPT. Reed, Nori AnnNovember 1996 - July 1998
    09CDR. Stone III, Howard LyonsJuly 1998 - 30 April 1999
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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