USNS Lawrence H Gianella Completes Her Final Underway Mission

May 23, 2019 – Military Sealift Command’s last champion class T-5 petroleum tanker, USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT 1125), completed its final underway mission for the U.S. Navy by sailing down the Elisabeth River to downtown Norfolk, Virginia in support of National Maritime Day, May 23. Christened April 19, 1986, USNS Lawrence H. Gianella’s primary role has been to perform point-to-point delivery of petroleum products to Department of Defense storage and distribution facilities worldwide. “USNS Lawrence H. Gianella is the last and longest serving U.S. government owned champion class T-5…

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Evergreen State Begins Training to Become CONSOL Qualified

Military Sealift Command chartered ship MT Evergreen State participated in training at the Underway Replenishment Test Site at Naval Base Ventura County Port Hueneme, Calif., Feb 12-15. The training was the first in a series that will qualify the ship for consolidated cargo (CONSOL) with MSC oilers and dry cargo/ammunition ships at sea. Over four days, teams from the ship trained at the UNREP test site, with hoses, lines and fittings similar to the equipment on the ship that will be used in underway scenarios.  Training included classroom instruction and…

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USNS Lawrence H. Gianella, USNS Laramie Conduct skin-to-skin lightering fuel transfer

Military Sealift Command’s petroleum tanker USNS Lawrence H. Gianella (T-AOT 1125) and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) conducted a skin-to-skin lightering fuel transfer at sea, Nov. 28. “Lightering is the process of transferring fuel from one tanker to another tanker while away from a port,” said Capt. William Wiggins, USNS Laramie’s master. “Lightering usually takes place between a commercial Very Large Crude Container (VLCC) tanker ships and a smaller tanker. Normally, a VLCC has too deep of draft to pull into port so they offload their fuel to…

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