Credit : Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Yukon arriving at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in Rim of the Pacific 2010 exercises, July 5th, 2010.
USNS Yukon is one of Military Sealift Command’s fourteen Fleet Replenishment Oilers and is part of the 41 ships in Military Sealift Command’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force. This class of ships provide underway replenishment of fuel to U.S. Navy ships at sea and jet fuel for aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers. Three of the newest MSC underway replenishment oilers have double hulls.
Fitted with medium-speed diesel propulsion, the delivery of USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201), USNS Rappahannock (T-AO 204) and USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) was delayed by the decision to fit double hulls to meet the requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. This modification increased construction time from 32 to 42 months and reduced cargo capacity by 17 percent, although this can be restored in an emergency. Hull separation is 1.83 m at the sides and 1.98 m on the bottom.
*** Posted On August 8th, 2010