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USNS Potomac (T-AOT-181)
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USNS Potomac (T-AO-181) (1964)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Lima - Mike
NBLM
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal

Potomac Class Transport Oiler:
  • Laid down, 1 March 1964, as SS Shenandoah using the stern section of ex (AO-150) under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 39) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1964
  • Renamed Potomac, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Navy, 1 December 1964
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Potomac (T-AO-181);
  • Potomac could support logistics over the shore operation with 173,000 barrels of JP-5 fuel delivered through its integral OPDS system
  • Potomac was the first OPDS tanker delivered, and as such, has the prototype OPDS system equipment installed
  • Reclassified Transport Oiler (T-AOT-181), date unknown
  • Potomac was pre-positioned in Diego Garcia in 1991 as part of the Afloat Prepositioning Force and operated under contact by Bay Ship Management and owned by MARAD
  • Placed out of service in 2000
  • Returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 August 2012, for $1,135,726, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., removed, 19 September 2012
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,8163t.(lt), 34,700 t.(fl)
    Length 614' 5"
    Beam 83' 5"
    Draft 34' (max)
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 36
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 173,000-bbls
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    two steam turbines
    twin propellers, 20,460shp
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    Potomac 33k USNS Potomac (T-AOT-181) underway, date and location unknown. Haze Gray and Underway web site

    There is no DANFS History available for Potomac (AO-181/AOT-181) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    Last Updated 4 January 2013