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USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Juliet - Hotel
NAJH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Libya, Op. Eldorado Canyon) - Southwest Asia Service Medal



USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) was transferred to Chile and renamed Almirante Montt (AO-52)
Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 21 November 1985, at Avondale Industries, Westwego, LA.
  • Launched, 17 January 1987
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 22 October 1987
  • Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)
  • Placed out of service, 6 May 1996, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Benecia, CA. Maintenance Category B
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 January 2009
  • Sold to Chile, 19 May 2009, withdrawn for the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, 24 September 2009, bound for overhaul at Mobile, AL. to join Chilean Navy as Almirante Montt (AO-52) in February 2010
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,500 t.(lt) 42,382 t.(fl)
    Length 677'
    Beam 97' 5"
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Armament none
    Cargo Capacity 178,000 bbls
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    Civilian Mariners
    18 Officers
    64 Merchant Seamen
    Navy
    1 Officer
    20 Enlisted
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Propulsion
    two medium speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 Diesel engines
    twin shafts, 16,000shp per shaft
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    USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)
    Andrew J. Higgins 54k USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) underway, sometime during her 1987-1996 period of active service.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Andrew J. Higgins 208k USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) at anchor off Singapore, 26 December 1992.
    Photo by Simon Olsen.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Andrew J. Higgins 126k USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) conducting an UNREP with USS Sacramento (AOE-1) off San Clemente Island, CA., circa 1993-94 Photos by Douglas Brown USS Sacramento
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    Andrew J. Higgins 171k
    Andrew J. Higgins 63k USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., April 2002. Photo by Kirk Rattenne
    Andrew J. Higgins 267k Bow view of USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown.
    MARAD photo
    Maritime Administration
    Andrew J. Higgins 220k Stern view of USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown.
    MARAD photo
    Maritime Administration
    Andrew J. Higgins 4460k Ex-USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) under tow southbound in the north channel of San Francisco Bay, 24 September 2009. The ship was towed to Atlantic Marine Shipyard, Mobile, AL. for the refit before being transferred to the Chilean Navy as Almirante Montt (AO-52) Photos by CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Andrew J. Higgins 4028k
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    Almirante Montt (AO-52)
    Andrew J. Higgins 63k Ex-USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190) in Chilean naval service as Almirante Montt (AO-52) exiting the Gatun Lake Locks, westbound, in the Panama Canal, 4 April 2010.
    Photos from Panama Channel web site.
    Jorge Gustavo Rene Krag Milet
    Andrew J. Higgins 66k Almirante Montt (AO-52) drops anchor in her new homeport of Valparaiso, Chile, 16 April 2010. Note the new Chilean ship Comandante Toro (OPV 82).
    Photos By Richard Brito Meza.
    Jorge Gustavo Rene Krag Milet
    Andrew J. Higgins 82k
    Andrew J. Higgins 100k
    Andrew J. Higgins 93k
    Andrew J. Higgins 1754k LCDR. Robert Speight, executive officer of the guided-missile frigate USS Boone (FFG-28), passes orders as the Chilean navy oiler Almirante Montt (AO-52) approaches for a replenishment at sea. This is the first time Almirante Montt has conducted a replenishment with a foreign navy since she was acquired by the Chilean navy. Boone is deployed to South America supporting Southern Seas 2011.
    US Navy photo 110623-N-ZI300-025 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 23, 2011) by MC1 Steve Smith
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Andrew J. Higgins (T-AO-190)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Underway Replenishment Oilers - T-AO
    Commissioning Ceremony of the Chilean Navy's fleet oiler "Almirante Montt" AO 52
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