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USS Roanoke (AOR-7)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2) Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Wichita Class Replenishment Oiler:
  • Laid down, 19 January 1974, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 7 December 1974
  • Commissioned USS Roanoke (AOR-7), 30 October 1976
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 6 October 1995
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 18 December 1998
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, for $1,926,726, 1 October 2012, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,048 t.(lt) 39,790 t.(fl)
    Length 659'
    Beam 96'
    Draft 37' (max.)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 463
    Armament
    two Phalanx Close-In-Weapons System (CIWS)
    Sparrow Missile System (NSSMS)
    Aircraft two CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    three boilers
    twin propellers, 32,000shp
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    Roanoke 415k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) refueling USS Gridley (CG-21) and an unidentified destroyer, circa April-May 1978 . Note two other ships trailing while waiting their turn to come alongside Roanoke. Photo was taken during the ships WESTPAC 78 deployment (January to July 1978), probably in the either the Philippine Sea or South China Sea. Bruce McDermid MM2 USS Roanoke
    Roanoke 57k USS Roanoke (AOR-7), from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), mid-Pacific, 1991. Photo by AMS3 Rowan
    Roanoke 79k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) moored, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, date unknown. Photo Dr. Keneth Hartman
    Roanoke 91k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) main deck, date and location unknown Photo Dr. Keneth Hartman
    Roanoke 73k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) main deck, looking forward, date and location unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 76k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) main deck, looking aft, date and location unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 51k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) moored pierside at Long Beach, CA., date unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 71k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo Dr. Keneth Hartman
    Roanoke 71k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo Dr. Keneth Hartman
    Roanoke 79k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) at anchor in Long Beach harbor, CA., date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 116k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge as she enters San Francisco Bay, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 89k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 219k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) drydocked at Long Beach Naval Shipyard, date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Roanoke 140k USS Roanoke (AOR-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    MARAD Suisun Bay Group Reserve Fleet
    Roanoke 212k Ex-USS Roanoke (AOR-7) laid up in reserve in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
    US Maritime Administration photos
    Ron Reeves
    Roanoke 306k
    Roanoke 110k Ex-USS Roanoke (AOR-7) view of main deck while laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., May 2008. Michael McDermott
    Roanoke 274k Ex-USS Roanoke (AOR-7) in Mare Island's dry dock #2, 24 December 2012, for hull cleaning before being towed to Brownsville for scrapping. Photos by Darryl Baker
    Roanoke 280k
    Roanoke 218k
    Roanoke 241k
    Roanoke 272k
    Roanoke 216k


    For more photos and information about USS Roanoke, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Roanoke Launching Program - contributed by Darryl Baker
  • Suisun Reserve Fleet photos by Michael McDermott
  • Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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