USS Roanoke (AOR-7) model


USS Roanoke was the seventh and final ship in the Wichita-class of replenishment oilers, a type of fuel tanker. Decommissioned and removed from the Navy list on October 6, 1995, Roanoke is now stored at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, California, awaiting final disposal.

Notable incidents:

  • October 29, 1984: the USS Roanoke ran aground near the entrance to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after suffering a steering casualty.
  • July 2, 1986: the USS Roanoke collided with the Liberian oil tanker Mint Prosperity while entering the port of Long Beach, California.


TYPE: Replenishment Oiler

LAUNCHED: December 7, 1974

LENGTH: 659 feet

WEIGHT: 14, 048 tons

SPEED: 20 knots

AIRCRAFT: Two CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters

BUILT: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, California


On loan from the Historical Society of Western Virginia