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USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT-1125)
MV Lawrence H. Gianella (AOT-1125) (1986 - 2003)

AOT-1121 Champion Class T-5 Tanker:
  • Built in 1985 by American Ship Building Co., Tampa, FL. for Ocean Product Tankers of Houston, Texas, for long-term time charter to MSC
  • Delivered, 19 April 1986, christened and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT-1125)
  • USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT-1125) is one of MSC's four Transporter Tankers purchases by the US Navy from Ocean Product Tankers in 2003
  • Assigned to the Maritime Prepositioning Force in 2009
  • Placed out of service, 23 May 2019
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
    Displacement 39,624 t.(fl)
    Length 615'
    Beam 90'
    Draft 24' 8" (mean)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 23 civmar
    Cargo Capacity 237,766 bbls
    Armament none
    Propulsion 1 Sulzer 5RTA 76 diesel; 18,400 hp sustained; 1 shaft

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    MV Lawrence H. Gianella (AOT-1125)
    Lawrence H. Gianella 6k
    The Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal is a decoration of the United States Merchant Marine (USMM). The decoration is the highest award which can be bestowed upon members of that service and is the service’s equivalent of the Medal of Honor. It is awarded to any seaman in the USMM who, on or after September 3, 1939, has distinguished himself during the war by outstanding conduct or service in the line of duty.
    For the heroic action he undertook when his ship was torpedoed on 19th December, 1941 in mid-Pacific. Orders had been given to abandon the rapidly sinking ship but Gianella realizing that his shipmates chances of rescue were slim and dependant on him getting out a SOS message stayed on board and rigged an emergency radio set thus sacrificing himself for his shipmates.
    Tommy Trampp
    Lawrence H. Gianella 57k MV Lawrence H. Gianella (AOT-1125) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Lawrence H. Gianella 271k MV Lawrence H. Gianella (AOT-1125) moored at the Naval Supply Depot, Pearl Harbor, HI., 31 May 1996.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-97-01133 by Don S. Montgomery USN Ret.
    Bill Gonyo
    Lawrence H. Gianella 233k MV Lawrence H. Gianella (AOT-1125) underway in the Antarctica, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Military Sealift Command
    USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT-1125)
    Lawrence H. Gianella 828k USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T- AOT-1125) sails through an icy channel past Mt. Erebus, the southernmost active volcano on Earth, on her way to deliver supplies to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, date unknown.
    Military Sealift Command photo.
    Bill Gonyo
    Lawrence H. Gianella 34k USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T- AOT-1125) heading south to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, date unknown.
    Photo courtesy of Barneygumble (name unknown).
    Robert Hurst
    Lawrence H. Gianella 802k USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T- AOT-1125) docked at the ice pier, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, 8 February 2006.
    Photo courtesy of Ian Rees.
    Robert Hurst
    Lawrence H. Gianella
    171128-N-OH262-964 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 28, 2017)
    309k USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T- AOT-1125) along-side the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO-203) while at sea. The ships were along-side each other to perform a skin-to-skin, fuel lightering operation.
    US Navy photo #'s 171128-N-OH262-964 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 28, 2017) and 171128-N-OH262-685 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 28, 2017) by Bill Mesta/Released)
    Lee Wahler
    Lawrence H. Gianella
    171128-N-OH262-965 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 28, 2017)

    USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT-1125)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

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