USS Halawa AOG-12

Halawa: A cape on the island of Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands.

An artist's sketch of the ship as designed and built in 1928-1929.
This ship became USS Halawa (AOG-12) in 1942.

Photo & Plans Source:
Marine Engineering and Shipping Age, April 1929, page 215.

Halawa Class Gasoline Tanker: Built in 1929 as Blue Sunoco, for the Sun Oil Co., at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Chester, PA.; Acquired by the Navy through the Maritime Commission in 1942; Commissioned USS Halawa (AOG-12), 10 August 1942, at Pearl Harbor Hawaii; Decommissioned, 25 October 1945; Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet; Struck from the Naval Register, (date unknown); Final Disposition, sold, 5 July 1948, to Foss Launch and Tug Co.,, fate unknown.

Displacement 3,650 t.(fl); Length 255'; Beam 43'; Draft 16'; Speed 9kts;
Complement 63; Armament, [1] single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount.

Halawa was based at Pearl Harbor and vicinity during the entire war. She operated at the Naval Base and at Naval Air Station Kanoehe [sic; Kaneohe] supplying fuel oil and diesel fuel. The ship made occasional voyages to Palmyra, Canton, and Johnston Islands 1942-1944, supplying those bases with fuel. While returning to Pearl Harbor from Canton Island 21 December 1944 Halawa suffered a serious generator failure and was towed the rest of the way by tug ATR-12. After her arrival 26 December she stayed at Pearl Harbor until being towed to San Francisco after the war. Halawa arrived San Francisco 25 September 1945.

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Profile and deck plan of the ship as designed and built in 1928-1929.
Note the absence from this plan of any exhaust system for the main propulsion diesel engines.

Music by TIM BARRON SM3 1968-70 USS Kawishiwi AO-146