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Chiwawa Class, U.S. Fleet Oilers


Photograph of USS Chiwawa, a T3 tanker
U.S. Navy. Via NavSource.org


Specifications:


Tonnage 5,650 tons light displacement
21,077 tons fully loaded
Dimensions 502'6" by 68' by 31'
153.2m by 20.7m by 9.4m
Maximum speed       15 knots
Complement 213
Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun
4 3"/50 AA guns
4x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
4x2 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
Machinery
1-shaft geared turbine (7,700 shp)
Capacity 134,000 barrels


The Chiwawas were converted from Maritime Commission standard T3-S-A1 tankers. They resembled slightly smaller versions of the Cimarron class.

A number of the ships were modified by the addition of a 160-ton crane.


Units in the Pacific:

Neshanic
Arrived 1943-5

Niobrara
Arrived 1944-3

Enoree     
Arrived 1944-5-3
Crane ship
Escalante     
Arrived 1944-12-4     


References

DANFS

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



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