USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122)
Paul Buck anchoring off Antarctica
|Name||USNS Paul Buck|
|Builder||American Ship Building Company, Tampa, Florida|
|Launched||7 July 1985|
|Completed||as Ocean Champion|
|Acquired||by US Navy 11 September 1985|
|In service||11 September 1985|
|Out of service||30 June 2010|
|Stricken||30 June 2010|
|Fate||Retained in Beaumont Reserve Fleet|
|Class and type||Oil Products Tanker Champion Class T-5 Tanker|
|Displacement||21,470 tons full 39624 tons|
|Installed power||Sulzer 5RTA76 diesel (18,400 hp sustained)|
|Speed||16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)|
USNS Paul Buck (T-AOT-1122) was originally constructed in 1985 by American Ship building Company, Tampa, Florida for Ocean Product Tankers of Houston for a long term charter to the United States Navy and operated by Military Sealift Command. The ship was delivered on 7 July 1985. It is a T-5 Tanker. The ship was named after Merchant Marine Paul Buck, who was awarded the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal.
Paul Buck made frequent deliveries of fuel to the Antarctic for resupply. This was the most common route that this ship made delivering a variety of fuel types to the base. It was always escorted by an ice breaker.
In 2010 the vessel was replaced by Empire State and Paul Buck was taken out of service and transferred to the Maritime Commission's National Defense Reserve Fleet. The vessel was laid up in "Interim Hold" as of April 2020.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- "National Defense Reserve Fleet Inventory (April 2020)" (PDF). US Maritime Administration. US Department of Transportation. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
- "Military Sealift Command upgrades tanker fleet". American Shipper. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2021.