Yukon II (AO-152)
The river that rises in the Yukon territory of Canada, then crosses the border into the state of Alaska, and flows on to empty into the Bering Sea.
(AO-152: displacement 32,953 (full load); length 620'; beam 83'6"; draft 32'; speed 18.9 knots; complement 44; class Maumee; type T5-S-12a)
The second Yukon (AO-152) was laid down on 16 May 1955 at Pascagoula, Miss., by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 16 March 1956; sponsored by Mrs. John P. Womble, Jr.; and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in May of 1957.
Yukon (designated as T-AO-152) operated by a civilian crew on a contract basis with MSTS (later redesignated as then Military Sealift Command -- MSC) carried petroleum products from gulf coast ports and such oil-producing areas as Venezuela and the Persian Gulf to American military bases throughout the world. Those operations have taken her into every ocean and many seas.
Redesignated as a transport oiler (T-AO-152T), Yukon was ultimately placed out of service and laid up on 20 October 1985. She entered Ready Reserve Force status shortly before mid-day on 21 October 1985. Withdrawn from the James River (Va.) fleet on 5 December 1985 to be transferred to the berthing area at Beaumont, Tex., Yukon was downgraded from the RRF to the National Defense Reserve Fleet on 2 April 1987.
Stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 13 April 1992, ex-Yukon was sold on 18 September 1985, to Rig Ventures, LLC, and withdrawn from the berthing area at Beaumont on 21 November 1995.
Raymond A. Mann, Paul J. Marcello, and Robert J. Cressman
24 November 2015