Monday, November 17, 2008

USNS Leroy Grumman Arrives

USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO-195) a Henry J. Kaiser-class fleet replenishment oiler of the United States Navy arrived in Charleston Harbor this morning around 10:00 AM.

Leroy Grumman, the ninth ship of the Henry J. Kaiser class and first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name, was laid down at Avondale Shipyard, Inc., at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 6 July 1987 and launched on 3 December 1988. She entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under the control of the Military Sealift Command with a primarily civilian crew on 2 August 1989. She serves in the Fleet Forces Command stationed in Norfolk, VA.

The fleet replenishment oiler recently returned from Scotland were she accompanied other ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron 24 as a part of operation Joint Warrior. USNS Leroy Grumman spent the entire exercise conducting underway replenishment with ships of both US and Royal navies, showcasing the interoperability between allied maritime forces.

USNS Leroy Gurmman's departure date is currently unknown.

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