Chicopee Class, U.S. Fleet Oilers

Photograph of Chicopee class oiler

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Tonnage 5375 tons light displacement
22,430 tons full displacement
Dimensions 520' by 58' by 30'
158.5m by 17.7m by 9.1m
Maximum speed       16.5 knots
Complement 287
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 3"/50 AA guns
4 40mm Bofors AA guns
4 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
1-shaft geared turbine (9000 shp)
Capacity 131,600 barrels
16,450 tons

The Chicopees were Standard Oil tankers Esso Albany and Esso Trenton converted to U.S. Navy use in 1942. They were built on essentially the same plan as the T3-S class. They were navalized with underway replenishment gear of two steam driven winches in the after well deck on each side of the ship. Thus two other ships could be refueled simultaneously. 4" (102mm) hose was used for destroyers or smaller ships while 6" (152mm) hose with a quick-opening coupling was used for larger warships.

Units in the Pacific:

Chicopee arrived 1944-11
Housatonic       arrived 1944-11-27



McKinney (1998-1-24; accessed 2011-11-13)

NavSource.Org (accessed 2006-6)
Wildenberg (1996)

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