Year Built
Official Number
Ship Yard
New York Shipbuilding Corp
General Type
Specific Type
Tanker (Liquid Bulk)
Ship Length
655.0 feet
86.00 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
11422 tons
Gross Tons
19240 tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
35.00 tons
Draft, Lightweight
Displacement, Summer
36251 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
9400 tons
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight

Historical Narrative

USS Kawishiwi (AO-146) was launched on December 11, 1954 and was commissioned on July 6, 1955.

Kawishiwi arrived at its home port of Long Beach, California on December 8, 1955.   The Kawishiwi spent the next year replenishing ships of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet serving in East and Southeast Asia.  

On January 21, 1958, Kawishiwi arrived at its new home port, Pearl Harbor.   The ship spent most of its career replenishing ships of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh fleet in East and Southeast Asia, which included replenishing ships during the Vietnam War. 

Kawishiwi also served as part of the fleet that was on duty during the National Aeronautics  and Space Agency’s (NASA) Gemini 10, 11, and 12, and Apollo 13, and 15 space flights from 1966-1971.

The ship was turned over to the Navy’s Military Sealift Command on October 10, 1979 and was designated USNS Kawishiwi (T-AO-146). 

Kawishiwi entered the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on September 16, 1992, on a reimbursable custody agreement pending title transfer.  MARAD accepted title to the vessel on May 1, 1999.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ship entry for USS Kawishiwi.

Historical Documents

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Event: Entry
Date: 9/16/1992

Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet under a reminbursable custody agreement, pending title transfer from US Navy.
Event: Acquisition
Date: 5/1/1999

Title transferred from US Navy
Event: Cleared Historic Review
Date: 6/21/2005

California SHPO cleared the ship for disposal on this date.

Ship Imagery

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