Thursday, October 30, 2008

U.S. Approves Transfer of Tanker Ship to Chile

The surplus oiler USS Andrew Higgins is being transferred to Chile's navy under a bill signed by President Bush. The Kaiser-class vessel was built in 1987 and has been out of service since 1996. It can carry up to 180,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel and eight 20-foot containers. The Higgins replaces the Araucano, a vessel built in Denmark for the Chilean navy that began service in 1967. Although transferred at no cost, the law mandates that necessary refurbishments must be done by U.S. contractors. The bill, signed Oct. 15, also authorized the transfer of two Newport-class landing ships to Peru. No word yet on when the ships will be ready for service.

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