CONSTRUCTION of
USS Kawishiwi AO-146

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A  NEOSHO-Class FLEET OILER
Keel layed in ways "L" October 5, 1953   -  Launched December 11, 1954   -   Delivered January 22, 1955 to Philadelphia Ship Yard.
Length 655 ft.   Beam 86 feet   Draft 35 feet
CARGO CAPACITY 130,600 barrels of FUEL OIL,  48,700 barrels of AVIATION FUEL,  and 8,000 barrels of DIESEL OIL.
SHIPS COMPLEMENT At commissioning: 12 Commissioned Officers, 13 Chiefs, 22 1st Class, 19 2nd Class, 44 3rd Class, 134 Seaman
Under MSC command after 1978: 21 Navy persons and 106 civilians.
ARMANENT: 2 Single 5"/38 gun mounts and 6 Twin 3"/50 gun mounts. Removed when under MSC command.
PROPULSION: 2 Geared turbines with 2 boilers, 2 shafts = 28,000 shaft horsepower  - 
Speed 20 knots
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