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USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - India - Papa
NTIP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) - Humanitarian Service Medal


Henry J. Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 19 November 1990, at Avondale Industries, Westwego, LA.
  • Launched, 16 May 1992
  • Delivered to the Navy and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), 8 February 1993
  • Tippecanoe is a unit of the MSC Naval Auxiliary Force, MSC Pacific
    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 20 Civilian Officers, 70 Civilian Mariners, 5 Navy Enlisted
    Armament none
    Aircraft helicopter platform only
    Propulsion two medium speed Colt-Pielstick PC4-2/2 10V-570 diesel engines, twin shafts, 16,000 hp per shaft

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    Tippecanoe 66k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) underway sometime between 1993 and 2008, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Tippecanoe 248k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) transferring fuel to USS Independence (CV-62), in March 1996 off Taiwan during the Taiwan Crisis.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Tippecanoe 155k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) (center) conducts an underway replenishment with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer JDS Haruna (DD-141) (left) and the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), 8 October 1998. The Kitty Hawk and her escorts were conducting joint exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
    US Navy photo # 981008-N-0226M-005 by CPO Mahlon K. Miller, USN.
    DoD
    Tippecanoe 84k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) transferring fuel to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during an underway replenishment off the coast of California.
    US Navy photo by PH3 Inez Lawson.
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    Tippecanoe 66k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) transferring fuel to USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during an underway replenishment off the coast of California.
    US Navy photo by PH3 Inez Lawson.
    Fred Weiss
    Tippecanoe 94k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USS Jarrett (FFG-33) off San Diego, CA., circa December 2002 - January 2003.
    US Navy photo.
    Captain Wade Armstrong, Master, USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199)
    Tippecanoe 120k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) moored at Singapore, 15 February 2003. Note the New Zealand frigate HMNZS Te Kaha (F77) moored ahead of Tippecanoe. Photo by Mark Longstaff. Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Tippecanoe 104k
    Tippecanoe 1369k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) conducts an underway replenishment with USS Bulkeley (DDG-84), as USS Cushing (DD-985) cruises behind them in the Arabian Gulf, 18 June 2004. The three ships are on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
    US Navy photo 040618-N-5319A-004 by PH1 Brian Aho. Photo from Navy Newsstand.
    Robert Hurst
    Mercy 71k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) refuels USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) as combat stores ship USNS San Jose (T-AFS 7), far left, and the High Speed Vessel USS Swift (HSV-2), far right, operate alongside in the Indian Ocean, 3 March 2005. Mercy is serving as an enabling platform to assist humanitarian operations ashore in ways that host nations and international relief organization find useful. Mercy is in the waters off the Indonesian coast in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian relief effort to aid the victims of the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia.
    US Navy photo # 050303-N-8796S-075 by PH2 Timothy Smith, from the Navy NewsStand web site.
    Jack Treutle
    Tippecanoe 79k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) in the Indian Ocean, 8 April 2005.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Tippecanoe 78k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) comes alongside USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during a replenishment at sea, 10 July 2006, in the Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 060710-N-8604l-047 by MCSN Joshua Wayne LeGrand.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 94k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) replenishes and resupplies USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS Lassen (DDG 82)in the South China Sea during a replenishment at sea, 30 August 2006.
    US Navy photo # 060830-N-3946H-041 by MC Patrick L. Heil
    Lee Wahler
    136k USS Shiloh (CG-67) (left) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (right) refueling from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) (center) while USS Lassen (DDG-82) is waiting for her turn at the pump. Western Pacific, spring 2008.

    Chris Stevens, HS-14 "Chargers"
    118k USS Shiloh (CG-67) (background) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (foreground) refueling from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) while USS Lassen (DDG-82) is waiting for her turn at the pump. Western Pacific, spring 2008.

    140k USS Shiloh (CG-67) (left) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) (right) refueling from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) (center). Western Pacific, spring 2008.

    Tippecanoe 457k Sailors heave a line connecting the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82), and USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) operation in the Pacific, 24 April 2008.
    US Navy photo # 080424-N-1251W-008 (April 24, 2008) by MC3 Matthew R. White.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tippecanoe 546k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) refuels USS Peleliu (LHA-5) and an unidentified DDG in the Pacific Ocean, during a replenishment at sea, 21 May 2008.
    US Navy photo # 080521-N-5148B-003 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 21, 2008) by MCSN Sarah E. Bitter.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tippecanoe 446k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG-71) steam alongside amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5), not pictured, during an underway replenishment. The ships are deployed supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 080923-N-2183K-038 INDIAN OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2008) by MC2 Dustin Kelling.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tippecanoe 3232k Iraqi Sailors and Marines observe as USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) pulls alongside the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) for a replenishment at sea. Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 081111-N-3392P-053 PERSIAN GULF (Nov.11, 2008) by MC2 Katrina Parker.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 2697k An SH-60B Sea Hawk from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL-42) Detachment 1, embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72), conducts a vertical replenishment with USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) and Vella Gulf. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 081227-N-1082Z-066 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 27, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Douglas Brown
    Tippecanoe 2244k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) pulls alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) for a replenishment at sea. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 081229-N-1082Z-003 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 29, 2008) by MC2 Jason R. Zalasky.
    Douglas Brown and Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1775k Sailors assigned to Deck Department aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD-17) watch as USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) pulls alongside for an underway replenishment. San Antonio is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations to detect and deter piracy in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.
    US Navy photo # 090117-N-5244H-017 GULF OF ADEN (Jan.17, 2009) by MC1 Monique K. Hilley.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tippecanoe 421k The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG-57) pulls alongside USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) during an underway replenishment. Lake Champlain is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and is on a regularly scheduled deployment is in support of global maritime security. The Boxer ARG is operating in the US Navy's 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 090702-N-4774B-028 SOUTH CHINA SEA (July 2, 2009) by MC2 Daniel Barker.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 947k The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2) receives supplies from USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) during an underway replenishment. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in Cobra Gold 2010, a co-sponsored U.S.-Thailand multinational exercise.
    US Navy photo # 100207-N-9950J-787 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 7, 2010) by MC2 Greg Johnson.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1507k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) transits the Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 100302-N-6692A-025 SOUTH CHINA SEA (March 2, 2010) by MC1 Geronimo Aquino.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1578k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) steams alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during a replenishment at sea. George Washington, the Navy's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, is participating in Undersea Warfare Exercise (USWEX), an annual bilateral exercise involving the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy.
    US Navy photo # 100630-N-7191M-008 PACIFIC OCEAN (June 30, 2010) by MC3 Jacob D. Moore.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 799k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) pulls alongside the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) during a replenishment at sea. The ability to replenish its ships at sea contributes to the Navy's vast reach and continued mission readiness. George Washington is currently helping to ensure security and stability in the waters west of the Korean peninsula.
    US Navy photo # 101127-N-7103C-029 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 27, 2010) by MC3 David A. Cox.
    Lee Wahler
    Blue Ridge 1522k USS Blue Ridge, right, USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) center, and the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG-63) conduct an underway replenishment while underway in the Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 110218-N-9094S-427 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 18, 2011) by MC3 Brian A. Stone.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 284k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) center, conducts underway replenishment with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD-20). Boxer is the flagship of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and is underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110330-N-ZS029-157 INDIAN OCEAN (March 30, 2011) by MC3 Trevor Welsh.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 840k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) transits the Gulf of Aden during a replenishment at sea with the guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG-103), not shown. Truxtun is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 110628-N-TB177-356 GULF OF ADEN (June 28, 2011) by MC3 Kevin J. Steinberg.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1159k Heavy waves crash against USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) during a replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8). Makin Island is on its maiden deployment conducting operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility in support of the Navy's Maritime Strategy. Makin Island is the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric propulsion system.
    US Navy photo # 111220-N-DX615-005 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 20, 2011) by MC2 Alan Gragg.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 200k A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter flies toward USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) during a replenishment at sea with the with the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ships USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USS Tortuga (LSD-46). Germantown, with embarked elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU-31) is underway after participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2012, an annual Thai-U.S. co-sponsored joint and multinational exercise designed to advance security throughout the Asia-Pacific region and enhance interoperability with participating nations.
    US Navy photo # 120220-N-WV964-004 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 20, 2012) by MC1 Johnie Hickmon.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 216k Sailors aboard USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) attach cargo to a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during a replenishment at sea with the with the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ships USS Germantown (LSD-42) and USS Tortuga (LSD-46) (not pictured).
    US Navy photo # 120220-N-WV964-136 GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 20, 2012) by MC1 Johnie Hickmon.
    Ron Reeves
    Tippecanoe 1282k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) during an underway replenishment with the forward deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73) George Washington is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
    US Navy photo # 120718-N-TX154-345 PHILIPPINE SEA (July 18, 2012) by MC3 Paul Kelly/.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 269k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) prepares to come alongside the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85), not pictured, during a replenishment at sea. McCampbell is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the U.S. Navy's only forward deployed carrier strike group based out of Yokosuka, Japan, and is currently conducting a routine patrol in the western Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 120824-N-TX154-317 PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 24, 2012) by MC3 Paul Kelly/.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1237k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AOE-199) holds a steady course as the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG-63) pulls alongside for an early morning underway replenishment.
    US Navy photo # 120910-N-TX154-058 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 10, 2012) by MC3 Paul Kelly.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1358k The amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD-9), far left, pulls alongside USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) to conduct a dual replenishment at sea with the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) (not shown).
    US Navy photo # 120924-N-WX580-069 PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 24, 2012) by MCSN Lacordrick Wilson.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 1425k The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89), left, conducts a replenishment at sea with USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199). Mustin is currently on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 121019-N-ZZ999-012 EAST CHINA SEA (Oct. 18, 2012) by AWR3 Daniel Rodriguez.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 248k QMSN Chris Jurado, right, and QMSN Janet Dahlman, wave a guide flag on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) during a replenishment-at-sea with USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199). USS George Washington (CVN-73) and her embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW-5), provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 121031-N-XF988-021 PHILIPPINE SEA (Oct. 31, 2012) by MCSN Michelle N. Rasmusson.
    Ron Reeves
    Tippecanoe 992k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) underway in the US 7th Fleet area of responsibility after completing a replenishment-at-sea with the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG-85). McCampbell is part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, the US Navy's only continuously forward-deployed carrier strike group, based out of Yokosuka, Japan, and is currently conducting a routine western Pacific patrol in support of regional security and stability of the vital Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 121104-N-TG831-151 PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 4, 2012) by MCSN Declan Barnes.
    Lee Wahler
    Tippecanoe 224k USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61) (not shown). Monterey is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199)
    US Navy photo # 130630-N-QL471-325 ARABIAN GULF (June 30, 2013) by MC3 Billy Ho.
    Lee Wahler

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