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USNS Susquehanna (T-AOT-185)
USNS Susquehanna (T-AO-185)

Falcon Class Transport Tanker:
  • Laid down in 1972 as MV Falcon Countess for Falcon Carriers at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched in 1972
  • Leased by the US Navy and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 14 May 1976
  • Placed in service as USNS Susquehanna (T-AO-185), 14 May 1976
  • Reclassified Transport Oiler, T-AOT-185 date unknown
  • Placed out of service in 1983
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1983
  • Returned to her owners, Falcon Carriers, 14 May 1984, renamed MV Falcon Countess
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 November 1993, in India
    Displacement 37,000t. (lt) 46,243t.(fl)
    Length 660.2'
    Beam 70'
    Depth of Hold 46.9'
    Draft 36.64'
    Speed 14.9kts
    Cargo Capacity 296,626 bbls in 18 tanks
    Compliment 9 officers, 14 unlicensed
    Fuel Capacity 2,272t. heavy oil
    Electrical Capacity 1,000kw (2X500 diesel sets)
    two Crossley-Pielstick 16PC-2V400 Diesel engines
    single propeller, 16,000 bhp

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    Susquehanna - The Susquehanna River is a major river located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, overlapping between the lower Northeast and the Upland South. At 444 miles long, it is the longest river on the East Coast of the United States (Wikipedia)
    Photo - The Susquehanna River, Asylum Township, Bradford County, as seen from the Marie Antoinette Lookout off of US Route 6 near Wyalusing in Pennsylvania. Visible from here is the French Azilum Historic Site, where some Revolution-fleeing French aristocrats settled in 1793. A settlement of French royalists, who fled the French Revolution in 1793, was established in the valley directly opposite this marker. It was laid out and settled under the direction of Viscount de Noailles and Marquis Antoine Omer Talon. It was hoped that Queen Marie Antoinette might here find safety. Marie Antoinette Lookout, Route 6, Wyalusing, PA. Nicholas A. Toneilli
    Map - Susquehanna River, Brian Tate. Pinterest
    Tommy Trampp
    Susquehanna 35k USNS Susquehanna (T-AOT-185) under way, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Susquehanna 51k USNS Susquehanna (T-AOT-185) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Susquehanna (T-AO-185 / T-AOT-185) at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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