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USNS Neches (T-AOT-183)
USNS Neches (T-AO-183)

Falcon Class Transport Tanker:
  • Laid down in 1971 as MV Falcon Duchess for Falcon Carriers at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched in 1971
  • Leased by the US Navy and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service as USNS Neches (T-AO-183) in 1971
  • Reclassified a Transport Oiler, T-AOT, date unknown
  • Placed out of service in 1983
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Returned to Falcon Carriers, date unknown
  • Renamed MV Eclipse May 18 1984
  • Renamed MV Duchess in 1992
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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

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    Neches 47k USNS Neches (T-AOT-183) in the Kiel Canal, Germany, March 1980. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Neches (T-AO-183 / T-AOT-183) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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