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USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198)


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Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 9 October 1989, at Avondale Industries, Westwego, LA.
  • Launched, 2 February 1991
  • Delivered to the Navy and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198), 21 May 1992
  • USNS Big Horn is assigned to the MSC Naval Auxiliary Force, MSC Atlantic
    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
    Civilian Mariners, 18 Officers, 64 Seamen
    Navy, 1 Officer, 20 Enlisted
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Propulsion
    two medium speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 Diesel engines
    twin propeller shafts, 16,000 hp per shaft

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    Big Horn 90k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Big Horn 78k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) underway, date and location unknown. Photo taken from USS Nimitz (CVN-68), date unknown
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Big Horn 312k USS San Jacinto (CG 56) executes a high-speed break away following replenishment at sea (RAS) operations with USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) in the Central Mediterranean, 24 February 1996..
    US Navy photo # 960224-N-3717S-008 by PH3 Tod Summerlin.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 57k USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) changes course following an underway replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in the Mediterranean Sea, 2 July 2002.
    US Navy photo # 020702-N-1082Z-001 by PHAN Jason Zalasky.
    Navy Newsstand
    Big Horn 66k SM3 Ian Leimbach, signals USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) prior to an underway replenishment with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67), 14 November 2003.
    US Navy photo # 031114-N-4190W-001 by PH3 Christian Weibull.
    Navy Newsstand
    Big Horn 83k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) pulls away from USS Enterprise (CVN 65) following a replenishment at sea (RAS), 12 June 2004. Enterpriseis one of seven aircraft carriers involved in Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven aircraft carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat power across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navy's first deployment under its Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
    US Navy photo # 040612-N-7263H-035 by PHAN William Howell.
    Navy Newsstand
    Big Horn 895k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68) steam side-by-side during a replenishment-at-sea. Anzio and Big Horn are en-route to participate in Joint Warrior 081, a United Kingdom-led, multinational exercise in the North Atlantic designed to improve interoperability between allied navies as well as to prepare for a role in combined operations during upcoming deployments.
    US Navy photo # 080415-N-2953W-009 ATLANTIC OCEAN (APRIL 15, 2008) by MC3 Adrian T. White
    Navy Newsstand
    Big Horn 254k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) berthed at HMC Dockyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia., 22 May 2008 Barry Gerrard
    Big Horn 1571k The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG-97) receives personnel from USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) by high-line transfer during a replenishment at sea (RAS), 25 July 2008. Halsey is deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility with the San Diego-based USS Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group.
    US Navy photo # 080725-N-1709P-055 INDIAN OCEAN (July 25, 2008) by LTjg. Chris Peters
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 662k USNS Big Horn (AO-198) moored at the fuel pier following her arrival to Souda Bay for a routine port visit.
    US Navy photo # 080821-N-0780F-011 SOUDA BAY, Crete (Aug. 21, 2008) by Paul Farley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 1987k The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) and the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS) with USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198), 3 September 2008. Iwo Jima and Roosevelt are deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 080903-N-9134V-050 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 3, 2008) by MC2 Flordeliz Valerio.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 395k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) prepares for a replenishment at sea with the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57). Lake Champlain is deployed as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090606-N-4774B-488 GULF OF ADEN (June 6, 2009) by MC2 Daniel Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 583k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) prepares for an underway replenishment to sustain the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) for an extended period of time off the coast of Haiti. Carter Hall was enroute to Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response, a joint operation providing humanitarian aid in Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which devastated the island nation on Jan. 12, 2010.
    US Navy photo # 100117-N-5244H-002 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 17, 2010) by MC1 Monique K. Hilley.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 1370k The guided-missile frigate USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29) conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198). Groves is underway participating in Phoenix Express 2011, a three-week exercise divided into in-port and underway training phases and is designed to enhance regional maritime partnerships among the 14 participating countries in their efforts to deter illicit trafficking at sea.
    US Navy photo # 110611-N-XO436-026 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 11, 2011) by MC3 Jonathan Sunderman.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 1708k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) transfers fuel and supplies to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). Truman is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 100715-N-6003P-042 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (July 15, 2010) by MC2 Kilho Park.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn
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    487k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) comes alongside the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19) during a replenishment at sea. Mesa Verde is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photos # 110904-N-CT127-136 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 4, 2011) and 110904-N-CT127-107 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 4, 2011) by MC2 Josue L. Escobosa.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn
    110904-N-CT127-107
    229k
    Big Horn 1331k The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) comes alongside USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) during a refueling at sea. Eisenhower is underway conducting training in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 120312-N-NZ569-030 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 12, 2012) by MC3 Tony Bloom.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 1216k The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), left, USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) and the Royal Canadian navy frigate HMCS St. John's (FFH-340) perform a replenishment at sea while transiting the Gulf of Mexico. Wasp is underway to participate in the upcoming Fleet Week events in New Orleans, La., and Port Everglades, Fla.
    US Navy photo # 120416-N-AW702-021 GULF OF MEXICO (April 16, 2012) by MC2 Jacob Sippel.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 275k USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) under way, 23 May 2012, location unknown.
    US Navy (MSC) photo
    Robert Hurt
    Big Horn 2422k USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) transits the Gulf of Oman. Big Horn is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 53 providing fuel and supplies to U.S. Navy and coalition ships in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120808-N-NL401-008 GULF OF OMAN (Aug. 8, 2012) by MC3 Daniel Meshel.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 601k The amphibious assault ship .USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198). Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 130314-N-SB587-038 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 14, 2013) by MC2 Corbin Shea.
    Ron Reeves
    Big Horn 255k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81). Winston S. Churchill is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts in the US 2nd Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 130326-N-YF306-380 ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 26, 2013 by MC2 Aaron Chase.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 245k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) and the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5). Bataan is underway in the Atlantic Ocean conducting routine training and qualifications.
    US Navy photo # 130606-N-JX484-062 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 6, 2013) by MCSN Mark Hays.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 215k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). Theodore Roosevelt was underway conducting carrier qualifications.
    US Navy photo # 131024-N-AF077-020 AT SEA (Oct. 24, 2013) by MC2 Sean Hurt.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 181k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) pulls away from the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), not shown, after completing a replenishment-at-sea. Arleigh Burke is on a scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140216-N-WD757-229 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 16, 2014) by MC2 Carlos M. Vazquez II.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 231k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts an underway replenishment with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58). Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group in support of maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the US 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140218-N-EI510-277 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 18, 2014) by MC3 Scott Barnes.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Philippine Sea 148k The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58), the guided-missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) and USS Truxtun (DDG-103), and USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) underway in formation during a photo exercise, as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th fleet areas of responsibility.
    U.S. Navy photo #140222-N-ZZ999-003 by Naval Aircrewman (Tactical Helicopter) 1st Class Daniel Anderson
    Robert M. Cieri
    John Lenthall 249k USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189) departs Souda Bay after conducting resupply operations while USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198), far background, arrives for a scheduled port visit. Lenthall and Big Horn, Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oilers, are each able to provide up to 31,200 tons of cargo to Navy assets during resupply operations
    US Navy photo # 140310-N-JE719-073 SOUDA BAY, Greece (March 10, 2014) by MC2 Jeffrey M. Richardson.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 302k USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) and the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE-5), left, participate in a replenishment-at-sea as seen from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG-80), not shown. Roosevelt is deployed as part of the George H. W. Bush Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 140323-N-VC599-081 ARABIAN SEA (March 23, 2014) by MC2 Justin Wolpert.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Big Horn 153k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) transits the Red Sea.
    US Navy photo # 141025-N-EI510-037 RED SEA (OCT. 25, 2014) by MC3 Scott Barnes.
    Ron Reeves
    Big Horn 196k LTjg. Robert Allen, left, and LT. Mathew Dryden supervise a replenishment-at-sea aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) with USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198). Philippine Sea is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 141025-N-PJ969-124 RED SEA (Oct. 26, 2014) by MC2 Abe McNatt.
    Ron Reeves
    Big Horn 935k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) as she transits to Jamaica for Continuing Promise 2015. Continuing Promise is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet-conducted deployment to conduct civil-military operations including humanitarian-civil assistance, subject matter expert exchanges, medical, dental, veterinary and engineering support and disaster response to partner nations and to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean.
    US Navy photo # 150503-N-NK134-898 CARIBBEAN SEA (May 3, 2015) by MC2 Derek Paumen.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 222k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) transits alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) for a replenishment-at-sea. Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations.
    US Navy photo # 151009-N-KW492-069 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 9, 2015) by MCSA Ryre Arciaga.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 216k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1). Wasp is underway with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group participating in Amphibious Ready Group/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise.
    US Navy photo # 160414-N-TI017-086 ATLANTIC OCEAN (April 14, 2016) by MC2 Nathan R. McDonald.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 141k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) comes alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in preparation for a replenishment at sea. Wasp is under way with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group participating in composite training unit exercise.
    US Navy photo # 160505-N-JW440-048 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 5, 2016) by MC3 Rawad Madanat.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 297k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) arrives in Souda Bay, Greece for a port visit. Big Horn is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of national security interests in Europe and Africa.
    US Navy photo # 160618-N-IL474-054 SOUDA BAY, GREECE (June 18, 2015) by Heather Judkins.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 254k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Ike is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160630-N-QN175-603 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 30, 2016) by MCSN Dartez C. Williams
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 288k LTjg. Brandi Foster watches the approach of USNS Big Horn(T-AO-198) from the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), 23 July 2016. Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160723-N-TO519-135 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2016) by MC2 Nathan Wilkes
    Robert Hurst
    Big Horn 273k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lifts supplies from USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) during a replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), 23 July 2016.
    US Navy photo # 160723-N-TO519-168 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2016) by MC2 Nathan Wilkes
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 452k Fuel lines are extended between USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) and the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1), during a replenishment-at-sea, 23 July 2016
    US Navy photo # MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 23, 2016) by MC2 Nathan Wilkes
    Robert Hurst
    Big Horn 227k USS Carney (DDG-64) takes station alongside USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) to conduct a replenishment-at-sea in the Mediterranean Sea. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
    US Navy photo # 160730-N-ZE250-108 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (July 30, 2016) by MC3 Weston Jones
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 138k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) conducts a vertical replenishment- with USS Wasp (LHD1). Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
    US Navy photo # 160806-N-ZE250-133 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 6, 2016) by MC3 Weston Jones
    Ron Reeves
    Big Horn 209k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea with USS Carney (DDG-64) in the Mediterranean Sea. Carney, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
    US Navy photo # 160822-N-ZE250-047 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 22, 2016) by MC3 Weston Jones
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 271k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) arrives in Souda Bay, Greece for a scheduled port visit. Big Horn, a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler, is forward-deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of national security interests in Europe and Africa.
    US Navy photo # 160912-N-IL474-019 SOUDA BAY, Greece (Sept. 12, 2016) by Heather Judkins
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 244k The guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG-55) approaches USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea. Stout, deployed as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
    US Navy photo # 161020-N-GP524-019 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Oct. 20, 2016) by MC3 Bill Dodge.
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 225k The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) steams alongside USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea during Amphibious Ready Group Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise. Photo taken from USS Bataan (LHD-5)
    US Marine Corps photo # 161208-M-EU132-020 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 8, 2016) by LCpl. Autmn Bobby
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 274k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) arriving at Piraeus, Greece for a routine port visit, 27 April 2017 Photos by George Haralampides
    Big Horn 274k
    Big Horn 363k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) mooring at Piraeus, Greece for a routine port visit, 7 September 2017 Photos by George Haralampides
    Big Horn 170k USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198) and the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) conduct a replenishment-at-sea. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of-government response effort.
    US Navy photo # 171019-N-TJ319-138 CARIBBEAN SEA (Oct. 19, 2017) by MCSN Jessica L. Dowell
    Lee Wahler
    Big Horn 283k An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Sea Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 transfers supplies to USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) during a replenishment at sea with USNS Big Horn (T-AO-198). Comfort is under way in the vicinity of San Juan, Puerto Rico, providing humanitarian relief. The Department of Defense is supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria to minimize suffering and is one component of the overall whole-of- government response effort.
    US Navy photo # 171106-N-PG340-098 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Nov. 6, 2017) by MC2 Stephane Belcher
    Lee Wahler

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