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USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122)
MV Paul Buck (AOT-1122) (1985 - 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, (Wilmington Trust Co.) for long-term lease to MSC
  • Delivered, 7 July 1985, and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as MV Paul Buck (AOT-1122)
  • Purchases by the US Navy from Ocean Carriers in 2003, redesignated USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122)
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 30 October 2010, 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 24
    Cargo Capacity 237,766 bbls
    Armament none
    Propulsion 1 Sulzer 5RTA 76 diesel; 18,400 hp sustained; 1 shaft

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    Paul Buck 58k USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Paul Buck 77k USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122) seafarers earned praise for their efforts in Operation Deep Freeze 2005. Pictured near the vessel in Antarctic early in 2005 are (kneeling, from left) QMED Joseph Benevente, AB Dio Bermudez, (standing from left) Unlicensed Apprentice John Yi, AB Albert Wambach, AB Carlos Burroughs, Steward Norman Jackson, AB Carlos Machado Gomez, GSU Adolphus Young, DEU Romero Jomoc, GSU Ahmed Hussain, Chief Cook Nathalie Norie, Pumpman Micah Miller, QMED Orlando Pajarillo and Bosun Philip Corl.
    US Navy photo
    Jack Treutle
    Paul Buck 70k USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122) under way, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk, the Netherlands
    Paul Buck 76k USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge in bound San Francisco Bay, 6 October 2005. Photo by CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Paul Buck 193k USNS Paul Buck (T-TAO-1122) mooring at the ice pier, at Antarctica, 27 January 2910.
    Photo by Eli Duke
    Robert Hurst
    Paul Buck 549k For more than 30 years, Military Sealift Command has participated in Operation Deep Freeze, the annual operation that re-supplies McMurdo Station in Antarctica. USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122), right front, US Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Polar Star, left front, research vessel R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer, left rear, and Russian icebreaker M/V Krasin, right rear, arrive at McMurdo Station. Photo courtesy of M/V American Tern. Military Sealift Command Year in Review 2005 Bill Gonyo
    Paul Buck 200k USNS Paul Buck (AOT-1122) 2007 Antarctic replenishment season photos. Jack Treutle

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Tanker USNS Paul Buck at the Ice Pier
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