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USNS Potomac (T-AOT-181)
International Radio Call Sign:
USNS Potomac (T-AO-181) (1964)
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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
Displacement 7,8163t.(lt), 34,700 t.(fl)
Length 614' 5"
Beam 83' 5"
Draft 34' (max)
Speed 15 kts.
Cargo Capacity 173,000-bbls
two steam turbines
twin propellers, 20,460shp
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||USNS Potomac (T-AO-181) under way, circa 1959, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 92960, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981
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||USNS Potomac (T-AOT-181) under way, date and location unknown.
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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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
National Register Eligibility Assessment
Historic American Engineering Record
Last Updated 11 August 2017
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