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Walter S. Diehl

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Diehl is a Kaiser Class Fleet Oiler owned by the US Navy and operated by and large by CIVMARs (Civil Service Mariners) of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command. I’d wager that about 60 to 70% of CIVMAR Mariners are retired US Navy Petty Officers , Warrant Officers and Commissioned Officers. As a Commissioned Naval Officer one used to have to draw a reduced pension for the periods he sailed in MSC ships but I’ve been informed that due to a shortage of officers experienced in the aspects of Military Shipping a retired Officer can draw his full pension if he chooses to sail with the Government.

Kaiser Class Fleet Oilers are twin screwed and are powered by two Colt-Pielstick PC4 Trunk Diesels. each diesel is rated at 12000 BHP for a total rating of 24000 SHP at about 24 knots. An interesting design feature is the ability to motorize the two power take off alternators fitted to each main engine and propel the vessel with both screws at a take home speed of about 10 knots. No loss of maneuverability either since both screws are CPR type and the engines uni-directional.

Hugh Curran aka Beartracks

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