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USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165)
USNS American Explorer (T-AO-165) (1959 - 1978)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Uniform - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal
American Explorer Class Oil Transporter:
  • Laid down, 9 July 1957, as a Maritime Administration type (T-5-S-RM2a) tanker hull, under MARAD contract (MA 53) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc,, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 11 April 1958
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration and turned over to the US Navy, 27 October 1959
  • Placed in service with MSC as USNS American Explorer (T-AO-165) to be operated under contract by a civilian firm
  • Reclassified as Oil Transporter (AOT-165) in September 1978
  • Placed out of service in September 1984, and returned to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont TX.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrap to Southern Scrap Material LLC, New Orleans, LA for $1,052,788, announced by MARAD 16 July 2008.
    Displacement 8,402 t.(lt) 31,300 t.(fl)
    Length 615'
    Beam 80'
    Draft 35' (max.)
    Speed 20+kts.
    Complement 47
    Armament none
    Propulsion two boilers, one steam turbine, single shaft

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    American Explorer 58k USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165) was launched as the world's first nuclear tanker-to-be, but was completed with a conventional steam plant."
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    American Explorer 61k USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1960
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    American Explorer 56k USNS American Explorer (T-AOT-165) transiting the Panama Canal, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Maritime Administration

    USNS American Explorer (T-AO-165 / T-AOT-165)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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