POTOMAC (T-AO-181)


A Ship picture that is represented by the ship name - POTOMAC (T-AO-181)
Year Built
1964
Official Number
297163
Ship Yard
Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock
General Type
Military
Specific Type
AO
MARAD Type
--
Ship Length
619.9 feet
Beam
83.50 feet
Mast Height
120.5 feet
Net Tons
9556 tons
Gross Tons
15739 tons
Cargo Capacity
174900 square feet
Draft, Summer
33.67 tons
Draft, Lightweight
--
Displacement, Summer
34800 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
7333 tons
Immersion, Summer
--
Immersion, Lightweight
--
Fate
--


Historical Narrative



The Maritime Administration's National Register Eligibility Assessment and the National Park Service's HAER survey for Potomac, both available in the Documents section, contain detailed histories of the vessel.
Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event: Entry
Date: 3/5/1984

Event: Acquisition
Date: 3/5/1984

Ex SHENANDOAH T-AOT 150
Event: Service
Date: 1/1/1985

"In 1985, Potomac served as the prototype vessel for conversion to an Offshore Petroleum Discharge System Tanker (OPDS)."
Event: Arrival
Date: 4/29/1986

"Potomac returned to the Beaumont Reserve Fleet on April 29, 1986"
Event: Activation
Date: 12/9/1990

"Potomacs activation was ordered on December 9, 1990 to provide tanker support for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm"
Event: Arrival
Date: 1/1/1991

During 1991 Potomac was assigned to the Afloat Prepositioning Force based at the island of Diego Garcia. This would remain its home port for the next decade.
Event: Service
Date: 1/1/1994

"During 1994 Potomac assisted in the humanitarian relief efforts during a famine in Rwanda, in which it transported food and safe drinking water."
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/14/1997

Operating 200 miles of DGAR
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/17/1997

Completed 200 mile operation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/19/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Ex.
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/25/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Ex.
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/8/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Ex.
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/13/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Ex.
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/27/1997

ENRTE: Atlantis S/Y in Singapore
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/4/1997

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/20/1997

ENRTE: Kuwait to load cargo
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/31/1997

In for bunkers
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/1/1997

ENRTE: Ash Shuaiba Kuwait
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/3/1997

In Ash Shuaiba Kuwait
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/6/1997

ENRTE: Diego Garcia
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/16/1997

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/8/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/14/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/12/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/18/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/2/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/8/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/8/1997

Conducting Indpendent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/14/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/11/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/17/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/6/1997

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/12/1997

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/6/1998

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/12/1998

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/17/1998

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/23/1998

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/18/1998

Conducting Convoy Ops
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/23/1998

Completed Convoy Ops
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/7/1998

Conducting Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/13/1998

Completed Independent Steaming Exercise
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/25/1998

ENRTE: Singapore w/ETA 05/30/98
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/3/1998

In Singapore for topside work
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/4/1998

Destination TBD
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/17/1998

Loading bunkers
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/17/1998

ENRTE: Shuiaba Kuwait to load JP-5
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/19/1998

Loading JP-5
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/21/1998

ENRTE: Diego Garcia
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/29/1998

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/10/1998

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/10/1998

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/21/1998

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/23/1998

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/17/1998

Conducting CONVOY EX/ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/20/1998

Completed Convoy EX/ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/28/1998

Conducting ISE w/ ETA 12/31/98
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/30/1998

Completed ISE
Event: Transport
Date: 1/1/1999

"In January 1999 it discharged cargo at Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates and at Ahmadi, Kuwait, in preparation for drydocking at Singapore."
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/12/1999

ENRTE: Jebel Ali UAE to discharge JP-5
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/23/1999

Discharging cargo
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/25/1999

ENRTE: Ahmadi Kuwait
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/27/1999

Discharging JP-5 in Ahmadi Kuwait
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/30/1999

ENRTE: Diego Garcia
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/9/1999

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/16/1999

ENRTE: Singapore for inspects & drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/24/1999

In for regulatory inspects & drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/31/1999

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/5/1999

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/17/1999

ENRTE: Diego Garcia
Event: Arrival
Date: 6/25/1999

"It returned to Diego Garcia from Singapore on June 25, 1999."
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/25/1999

Vessel completed IMI inspection 06/29/99
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/21/1999

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/24/1999

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/15/1999

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/16/1999

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/20/1999

Conducting ISE w/ETA 09/23/99
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/23/1999

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/24/1999

ENRTE:Singapore f/ Ship Manager turnover
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/30/1999

At anchorage for Ship Manager turnover
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/8/1999

ENRTE: Diego Garcia w/ETA 10/14/99
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/15/1999

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/11/1999

ENRTE: S/Y in Singapore w/ETA 11/21/99
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/21/1999

At shipyard
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/22/1999

ENRTE: Diego Garcia
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/30/1999

Returned from Singapore
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/31/2000

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/25/2000

ENRTE:Singapore f/ COI & topside repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/1/2000

In for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/15/2000

ENRTE: Diego Garcia
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/21/2000

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/21/2000

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/23/2000

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/5/2000

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/7/2000

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/18/2000

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/20/2000

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/27/2000

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/29/2000

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/11/2000

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/13/2000

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/16/2001

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/18/2001

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/28/2001

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/30/2001

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/4/2001

Conducting ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/9/2001

Completed ISE
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/6/2001

ENRTE: Singapore w/ETA 04/13/01
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/13/2001

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/19/2001

ENRTE: Sasebo Japan
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/23/2001

Returned to Singapore vice Sasebo Japan
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/30/2001

ENRTE: Yokosuka Japan w/ETA 05/09/01
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/9/2001

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/16/2001

ENRTE: Marshall Islands w/ETA 05/20/01
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/20/2001

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/22/2001

EMRTE: Port Arthur TX for MARAD OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/13/2001

S/Y package | MARAD OPCON (BRF) 6/25/01
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/26/2001

Conducting sea trial to Orange TX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/27/2001

Completed sea trial at Port of Orange TX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/14/2001

ENRTE: Tampa Bay S/Y for drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/17/2001

In for drydocking at Tampa Bay S/Y
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/14/2001

Under tow to BRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/19/2001

Returned from Tampa Bay S/Y
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/15/2005

ENRTE: Gulf Copper for maintenance activation & sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/15/2005

At Gulf Copper repair facility
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/8/2005

Turbo Activation 05-2 sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/12/2005

Completed Turbo Activation 05-2 sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/14/2005

ENRTE: BRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/14/2005

Arrival from CBH Services After Deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/7/2005

Activated for Hurricane Katrina Relief
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/7/2005

At CBH Services for dock trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/27/2005

ENRTE: BRF following deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/27/2005

Arrival from CBH Services after deactivation
Event:
Date: 7/31/2006

Event:
Date: 7/31/2006

Event:
Date: 11/1/2007

FY08 Planned Downgrade
Event:
Date: 11/1/2007

FY08 Planned Downgrade
Event:
Date: 11/1/2007

Event:
Date: 11/1/2007

Event: Downgrade
Date: 8/11/2008

Downgraded from RRF to NDRF
Event: Cleared NHPA Review
Date: 4/1/2009

Vessel cleared National Historic Preservation Act review.
Event: Ship name change
Date: 9/5/2012

Event: Withdrawal
Date: 9/5/2012

Vessel departed under domestic sale contract with ESCO Marine Inc. in Brownsville, TX.

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Documents


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