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Escambia-class oiler
Photograph taken from USS Pivot (AM-276) in the Pacific in 1945 of an unknown Escambia class vessel being hit
Photograph taken from the Pivot (AM-276) in the Pacific Theater in 1945 of an unknown Escambia class vessel being hit
Class overview
Builders: Marinship, Sausalito, California
Operators:  United States Navy
Built: 1942–1945
In commission: 1943–1946
Completed: 12
General characteristics
Type: T2 Tanker
Displacement: 5,782 long tons (5,875 t) light
21,880 long tons (22,231 t) full
Length: 523 ft 6 in (159.56 m)
Beam: 68 ft (21 m)
Draft: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
Propulsion: turbo-electric transmission, single screw, 8,000 shp (5,966 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 140,000 barrels (22,000 m3)
Complement: 267 officers and enlisted
Armament: • 1 × 5"/38 caliber dual purpose gun
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 4 × twin 40 mm guns
• 4 × twin 20 mm guns

The Escambia-class oilers were a class of twelve T2-SE-A2 tankers that served in the United States Navy, built during World War II. The ships were named for United States rivers with Native American names. They were very similar to the Suamico class (of which they are sometimes accounted a subclass), differing principally in having the more powerful turboelectric plant of the P2-SE2 transports which developed 10,000 shp.

All of the ships were decommissioned and transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service in the post-war period. Several were later transferred to the United States Army and converted to floating electricity generating stations, and served in that role in Vietnam.


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