USNS Laramie’s scheduled departure delayed due to engineering issue

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080922-N-3392P-010 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 22, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) steams through the Mediterranean Sea preparing for a replenishment at sea with the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katrina Parker/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Sept. 22, 2008) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Katrina Parker/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. – The deployment of the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command’s Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Laramie has been delayed due to an engineering issue.

The ship was scheduled to leave from Naval Station Norfolk on June 20 at 9 a.m.

At this time, it’s unknown why the departure has been delayed.

Once the ship does get underway, the oiler will support U.S. Naval Forces operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operation.

Laramie’s civil service mariners will provide fuel to Navy ships at sea, jet fuels to aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers and other supplies that enable the fleet to remain sea.

Laramie belongs to Military Sealift Command’s Fleet Oiler program.  The ship is government-owned and crewed by civil service mariners.