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Tippecanoe II (T-AO-199)


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.

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Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) refuels hospital ship Mercy (T-AH-19) as the MSC-operated combat stores ship San Jose (T-AFS 7), far left, and the high speed vessel Swift (HSV-2), far right, operate together in the Indian Ocean, 3 March 2005. Mercy in the waters off the Indonesian coast in support of Operation Unified Assistance, the relief effort to aid the victims of the tsunami that struck Southeast Asia less than three months before (U.S. Navy Photo 050303-N-8796S-075 by PH2 Timothy Smith, from the Navy NewsStand).
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Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) transits the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 2010 (U.S. Navy Photo 100302-N-6692A-025 by MC1 Geronimo Aquino)

Detailed history under construction.

Paul J. Marcello

17 November 2015

Published: Wed Mar 02 07:50:57 EST 2016