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USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187)

International Radio Call Sign:
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NHJK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Coast Guard SOS Ribbon (2)


Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 22 August 1984, at Avondale Industries, Westwego, LA.
  • Launched, 5 October 1985
  • Delivered to the US Navy and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), 19 December 1986
  • USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) is one of fourteen Fleet Replenishment Oilers and is part of the thirty-seven ship Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,500 t.(lt) 42,382 t.(fl)
    Length 677'
    Beam 97' 5"
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Cargo Capacity 178,000-bbls
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 27 Merchant Seamen
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Propulsion
    two medium speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 Diesel engines
    twin shafts, 16,000 hp per shaft


    US Navy photo # 131212-N-JU810-100 SAN DIEGO (Dec. 3, 2013) by MC1 Aramis X. Ramirez.
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    Henry J Kaiser 2353k An elevated starboard bow view of USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) under construction at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, 1 February 1985.
    DOD photo # DN-SC-86-00304 New Orleans, La. (1 February 1985) a US Navy photo Avondale Shipyards, Inc. now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Henry J Kaiser 45k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) underway, date and location unknown.
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    Federation of American Scientist web site
    Henry J Kaiser 54k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) underway in Hampton Roads, off Naval Station Norfolk, VA. date unknown
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    Military Sealift Command web site
    Henry J Kaiser 59k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    Henry J Kaiser 2059k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) moored pierside at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA., June 2007. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Henry J Kaiser 633k USNS Henry J. Kaiser(T-AO-187) transits alongside the Nimitz class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) prior to a Fueling-at-Sea, 20 October 2007. USS Abraham Lincoln was underway for a scheduled workup to include Composite Training Unit Exercise, an exercise designed to enhance the inter-operability of the carrier and its strike group.
    US Navy photo # 071020-N-1229B-121 PACIFIC OCEAN (Oct. 20, 2007). by MC3 Patrick M. Bonafede.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 449k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) moored pierside at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA., January 2008. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Henry J Kaiser 585k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) maneuvers in preparation for an underway replenishment with the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57). Lake Champlain is on a scheduled deployment as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility supporting global maritime security.
    US Navy photo # 090724-N-4774B-079 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 24, 2009) by MC2 Daniel Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 3381k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) and the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37) are decorated with Christmas lights while in port at Pearl Harbor.
    US Navy photo # 091223-N-7498L-072 PEARL HARBOR (Dec. 23, 2099) by MC2 Mark Logico.
    Lee Wahler
    Pearl Harbor 2186k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), left, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) conduct an underway replenishment. Pearl Harbor is underway off the coast of Southern California with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group.
    US Navy photo # 100303-N-5969B-163 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 3, 2010) by MC3 Foster Bamford.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 703k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) passes under a rainbow while conducting an underway replenishment with ships of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group.
    US Navy photo # 101224-N-7981E-224 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 24, 2010) by MC2 James R. Evans
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser
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    1429k The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187). Boxer is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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    110417-N-ZS026-309 ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2011)
    11417-N-ZS026-164 ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2011) and
    110417-N-ZS026-353 ARABIAN SEA (April 17, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh
    Lee Wahler and Robert M. Cieri
    Henry J Kaiser
    110417-N-ZS026-164
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    Henry J Kaiser
    110417-N-ZS026-353
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    Henry J Kaiser 380k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) transits the Gulf of Aden.
    US Navy photo # 110419-N-GW695-072 GULF OF ADEN (April 19, 2011) by MC3 Stephen M. Votaw
    Lee Wahler
    Wally Schirra 4878k USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE-8) prepares to refuel USS Bunker Hill (CG-52) while at the same time conducting VertRep with USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). USS Carl Vinson is taking on fuel from USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-197). All ships are wrapping up their deployment to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Photo was taken early May 2011, from an H-60S helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron HSC-21 Det 2 “Vagabonds” who were embarked aboard Wally Schirra for the deployment. Brandon J. Varner, Assistant Cargo Mate USNS Wally Schirra
    Henry J Kaiser 824k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), left, and the guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) transit the Pacific Ocean during exercise Koa Kai 12-2. Koa Kai is a semiannual exercise in the waters around Hawaii designed to prepare independent deployers in multiple warfare areas and provide training in a multi-ship environment.
    US Navy photo # 120406-N-XD424-154 PACIFIC OCEAN (April 6, 2012) by MC3 Dustin W. Sisco.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 995k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) underway with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) during a replenishment at sea. Nimitz took on 200,000 gallons of biofuel in preparation for the Great Green Fleet demonstration during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
    US Navy photo # 120717-N-RC246-151 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 17, 2012) by MC3 Ryan J. Mayes.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 1400k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187), left delivers a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel to the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG-59) during the Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. In the background are the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon (DDG-93).
    US Navy photo # 120718-N-RC246-210 PEARL HARBOR (JULY 18, 2012) by MC3 Ryan J. Mayes.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 217k The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) comes alongside USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) for a replenishment-at-sea. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 are underway off the coast of Southern California conducting flight operations.
    US Navy photo # 130508-N-HD510-219 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2013) by MCSN Scott Fenaroli.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 335k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during a replenishment-at-sea. Ronald Reagan is underway conducting flight deck certifications and carrier qualifications.
    US Navy photo # 130508-N-HT107-096 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2013) by MC3 Terry Godette.
    Lee Wahler
    Henry J Kaiser 274k USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) and the Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary (FFH-335) underway during a refueling evolution.
    US Navy photo # 130508-N-HT107-096 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 8, 2013) by MC3 Terry Godette.
    Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history for USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO-187) available at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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