The second U.S. Navy ship named for the river that runs west and south across Indiana from Lake Tippecanoe, in Kosciusko County, to converge with the Wabash River.
(T-AO-199: displacement 9,500; length 677'; beam 97'; draft 35'; speed 20 knots; complement 103; armament 1 .50-caliber machine gun, 2 20 millimeter Phalanx close-in weapons system (CIWS); class Henry J. Kaiser)
The second Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) was laid down on 19 November 1990 at New Orleans, La., at Avondale Shipyard, Inc.; launched on 16 May 1992; and entered non-commissioned U.S. Navy service under the control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) with a primarily civilian crew on 8 February 1993.
Tippecanoe deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led International Force for East Timor (INTERFET) peacekeeping task force (16-24 October 1999). In January 2005, the oiler formed a part of Operation Unified Assistance, the U.S. relief effort in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia on the day after Christmas [26 December] 2004.
Detailed history under construction.
Paul J. Marcello
17 November 2015