The Neosho class Naval Fleet Oiler mission is to provide logistical support to various units by transporting bulk petroleum products, fleet freight, mail and personnel from shore depots to combatants and support forces afloat and effecting delivery underway. The ships of this class were transferred to the Military Sealift Command in the mid-1970s, and remained in service into the early 1990s. When the Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187) class joined the fleet, Kaiser-class ships permited the retirement of oilers of the 1940s (Mispillion class) and 1950s (Neosho class). The first of the 18-ship series of new Kaiser oilers was delivered in September 1986. The Neosho-class was disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration.
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