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USNS Columbia (T-AOT-182)
USNS Columbia (T-AO-182)

Falcon Class Transport Tanker:
  • Laid down in 1971 as MV Falcon Lady for Falcon Carriers by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched in 1971
  • Leased by the US Navy, 15 January 1976 and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service by the Military Sealift Command, 4 November 1971
  • Purchased by the US Navy in 1987, renamed USNS Columbia T-AO-182)
  • Reclassified a Transport Oiler, T-AOT-182, date unknown
  • Name changed to Mission Capistrano in December 1987
  • Placed in Ready Reserve Status (RRF) at Beaumont TX. in 1988
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • from MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF), 31 July 2004
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping circa June 2012, towed to Brownsville, TX. for dismantling, circa 7 July 2012
    Displacement 37,000t. (lt) 46,243t.(fl)
    Length 660.2'
    Beam 70'
    Depth of Hold 46.9'
    Draft 36.64'
    Speed 14.9kts
    Cargo Capacity 296,626 bbls in 18 tanks
    Compliment 9 officers, 14 unlicensed
    Fuel Capacity 2,272t. heavy oil
    Electrical Capacity 1,000kw (2X500 diesel sets)
    two Crossley-Pielstick 16PC-2V400 Diesel engines
    single propeller, 16,000 bhp

    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
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    Columbia 101k USNS Columbia (T-AO-182) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    Columbia 111k USNS Columbia (T-AO-182) under way, circa 1980, location unknown.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 92956. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981
    Mike Green

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