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USS NEOSHO (AO-143) - a Neosho-class oiler

In Commission 1954 to 1978

AO-143 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1952 - Keel Date: 2 SEP 1952
at Fore River Shipyard Quincy MA
NOV 1953 - Launch Date: 10 NOV 1953
SEP 1954 - Commissioned: 24 SEP 1954
SEP 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1958 - OCT 1958 Project ARGUS
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1960 - JAN 1965 Mediterranean
JUL 1960 - JAN 1961 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
APR 1964 - JUL 1964 Major overhaul, dry dock in Baltimore, MD
MAY 1966 - DEC 1966 Mediterranean
MAR 1968 - SEP 1968 Mrditeranean Cruise
MAR 1968 - SEP 1968 Mediterranean
OCT 1969 - APR 1970 Mediterranean
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
JUL 1972 - AUG 1972 refueling dd808 dennis j buckley
SEP 1972 - MAR 1973 Mediterranean
JAN 1975 - JUN 1975 Mediterranean
OCT 1975 - APR 1976 Mediterranean
JUN 1976 - JUL 1976 Bicentennial Cruise
JUN 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1978 - Decommissioned: 25 MAY 1978

AO-143 General Specifications

Class: Neosho-class oiler

Complement: 324 USNS

Displacement: 11600 tons

Length: 655 feet

Beam: 86 feet

Draft: 35 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping 2 February 2005


The fourth Neosho (AO-143) was laid down 15 August 1952 by the Fore River Shipyard, Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, Mass.; named Neosho 29 September 1953; launched 10 November 1953; sponsored by Mrs. John S. Phillips, wife of Rear Admiral John S. Phillips, the last commanding officer of Neosho (AO-23); and commissioned 24 September 1954, Captain Norman E. Smith in command.

Neosho, first of a class designed to combine speed and large cargo capacity for underway replenishment, reported at Norfolk for duty in the Atlantic Fleet 8 December 1954. A unit of SERVLANT, she operated along the East Coast and in the Caribbean until 7 September 1955, when she got underway for her first Mediterranean deployment. Since that initial deployment, Neosho has rotated regularly between the 6th and 2nd Fleets. By 1967 she had taken part in over 2,500 replenishments to transfer more than 640 million gallons of petroleum products under both normal and crisis operational conditions. In the fall of 1956, during her second 6th Fleet deployment, she supported units of that fleet as they stood by in case they were called on to intervene in the Suez War and the tense period which followed. In the fall of 1962 she provided logistical support to the ships enforcing the Naval Quarantine of Cuba, and, less than three years later, in 1965, serviced Atlantic Fleet ships as they stood by off Hispanola during the political turmoil festering in the Dominican Republic.

In January 1968, Neosho emerged from overhaul at the Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, Va., to commence another three year employment cycle beginning with refresher training and local operations, followed by two seven month Mediterranean tours sandwiching duty with the 2nd Fleet, and ending, in late 1970, with another overhaul.

[Note: The above USS NEOSHO (AO-143) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS NEOSHO (AO-143), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]