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U.S.S. NEOSHO

(AO-143)

WITH HONOR WE SERVE

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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
SEP1952-Keel Date: 2 SEP 1952
at Fore River Shipyard Quincy MA
NOV1953-Launch Date: 10 NOV 1953
JAN1954-JAN1956RUN AGROUND
SEP1954-Commissioned: 24 SEP 1954
SEP1957-Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1958-OCT1958Project ARGUS
AUG1958-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1960-JAN1965Mediterranean
JUL1960-JAN1961Mediterranean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
APR1964-JUL1964Major overhaul, dry dock in Baltimore, MD
MAY1966-DEC1966Mediterranean
MAR1968-SEP1968Mediterranean
MAR1968-SEP1968Mrditeranean Cruise
OCT1969-APR1970Mediterranean
APR1971-OCT1971Mediterranean
JUL1972-AUG1972refueling dd808 dennis j buckley
SEP1972-MAR1973Mediterranean
JAN1975-JUN1975Mediterranean
OCT1975-APR1976Mediterranean
JUN1976-JUL1976Bicentennial Cruise
JUN1977-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1977- Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1978-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



USS NEOSHO (AO-143)



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]