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T2-A, Tankers built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania
Jorkay / Tappahannock
Type : T2-A
Mattaponi Class Fleet Oiler:
First keel segment laid down for USS Tappahannock (AO-43), December 24th 1941.
 Tappahannock (AO-43) alongside Pier Two, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia. PA., 15 July 1942.
At the near side of the pier is the parts hulk x-destroyer Taylor (DD-94).
( Photo John Chiquoine )
USS Tappahannock (AO-43) underway, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo from All Hands magazine, November 1966.
USS Tappahannock (AO-43)  in the South China Sea, 1 August 1969. She is preparing to refuel the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge (CVS-33).
( Photo Mike Green )
 Seventh Fleet ships replenishing in the South China Sea, May 1969. Ships present are (from front to back): USS Wiltsie (DD-716),
USS Tappahannock (AO-43), USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Mars (AFS-1), and USS Perkins (DD-877).
( US National Archives photo )
USS Tappahannock (AO-43), laid up, James River, USA, in august 1978.
( Photo copyright L. van Ginderen )
USS Tappahannock (AO-43), drydocked at Subic Bay Ship Repair Facility in Artisan (AFDB-1) in 1969.
( Photo thanks to Richard Miller )
 USS Tappahannock (AO-43), in the middle, June 19th, 1977.

Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 226. UMSC No. 157. Off. nr. 6114207,
Keel laid 24-12-1941. Launched 18-04-1942. Completed 22-06-1942. Gr. 10300 t., Net. 5928 t., Dw. 16613 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,19 m. Engine:2 steam turbines, manufactured by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee. 12800 S.h.p., 9395 kW. Speed 16,5 knots. 26 tanks.
JORKAY-1942 Launched for Keystone Tankship Corp. Wilmington, DE, USA.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1942 Acquired by United States Navy, Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1947 was assigned to the Naval Transportation Service NTS), 1 July.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1949 was next assigned to Occupation Service in Europe from 2 to 25 May.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1949 Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) October.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1950 Decommissioned, 3 Februaryat San Diego, CA. and laid up in the Reserve Fleet.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1950 Recommissioned, in Decemberat San Francisco, CA. and assigned to MSTS.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1953 Decommissioned, January, at San Diego, CA.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1956 Recommissioned, 12 December Todd Shipbuilding. San Pedro, CA.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1957 Decommissioned, 18 November, at Orange, TX.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1957 Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 3 December.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1965 Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 20 August, towed to Naval Support Activity Algiers, LA, arriving 23 August.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1966 Recommissioned, 31 May, at Naval Support Activity, Algiers, LA.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1970 Decommissioned, 6 March 1970, at San Diego, CA.
AO-43 TAPPAHANNOCK-1976 Struck from the Naval Register, 15 July.
Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 16 October 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
TAPPAHANNOCK-1987 Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 September.
Additional Reports:
Reported Tappahannock sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 1 Aug. 1988 to be broken up. [ By Hai Kwan   Enterprises Corporation ]