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USS MOUNT KATMI (AE-16) - a Mount Hood-class ammunition ship

In Commission 1945 to 1973

AE-16 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1945 - Launch Date: 6 JAN 1945
JUL 1945 - Commissioned: 21 JUL 1945
JAN 1958 - JAN 1960 Vietnam
JAN 1961 - JUN 1961 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1964 - AUG 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 - AUG 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1965 - DEC 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1966 - SEP 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1968 - MAY 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 12 FEB 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 7 MAY 1969 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 5 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1973 - Decommissioned: 14 AUG 1973
SEP 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 19 SEP 1973 - Pacific Ocean

AE-16 General Specifications

Class: Mount Hood-class ammunition ship

Named for: Mount Katmai

Complement: 267 Officers and Enlisted

Length: 459 feet 2 inches

Beam: 63 feet

Draft: 28 feet 3 in

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 5 April 1974


Mount Katmai (AE‑16) was laid down 11 November 1944 by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.; launched 6 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. A. E. DeMaray; and commissioned 21 July 1945 at Jacksonville, Fla., Comdr. C. H. Ross in command.

After shakedown and fitting out, AE‑16 reported to Commander Service Force Atlantic Fleet 8 September 1945. She was then ordered to proceed to Hawaii via the Panama Canal. The ammunition ship was assigned to the western Pacific from there, arriving Leyte in mid‑October 1945.

Mount Katmai was involved in normal support operation off the Pacific coast when the Korean war began. On 22 July 1950 she deployed from San Francisco to WestPac, arriving in the combat zone 18 August. She rearmed and replenished combatant ships of TFs 77 and 95 in the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. Returning home in November 1951, she departed again for the Korean war theater in April 1952, again supporting units of TFs 77 and 95. Back in the United States in February 1953, she sailed again for the Far East May 1953. During this deployment, she rearmed approximately 50 ships before the war ended.

Following the armistice, AE‑16 returned to CONUS for overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. She got underway for the Far East in May 1954 for a 6‑month tour, the first of nine WestPac deployments in the following decade, in which she alternated service on the west coast with operations in the Orient helping to preserve peace and deter Communist aggression.

In December 1964 Mount Katmai commenced an extensive overhaul period, including installation of increased communications capabilities and a helicopter deck for vertical replenishment.

On 26 February 1965, the ship departed San Francisco 20 April, underway to a new war zone to replenish 7th Fleet ships. She arrived Subic Bay 15 May via Pearl Harbor. Within a few days, she was underway for rearming operations in the South China Sea, servicing the carrier strike groups and combatant ships off Vietnam. Operating out of Subic, Mount Katmai provided logistical support to the operating forces until late November. She departed Hong Kong 1 December 1965, arriving San Francisco 16 December.

Entering Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard 17 January 1966 for overhaul, the ship returned to an operational status with Service Force Pacific Fleet 21 March. She participated in type and 1st Fleet training operations until 1 June when she deployed to WestPac. After a short visit in Hawaii, she arrived in her WesPac home port of Subic Bay 25 June.

5 July she was underway for Yankee Station, for rearming carriers and their escorts. In addition to providing aircraft ordnance for airstrikes against North Vietnam, the ship also provided ammunition for ships engaged in support and interdiction shore fire missions along the entire Vietnamese coast.

Once more homeward bound, AE‑16 was underway from Subic Bay 12 January 1967, arriving San Francisco 7 February. After overhaul in Mare Island Naval Shipyard until 19 July, and type training, the ammunition ship was ready to sail west again.

Leaving San Francisco 7 August 1967, she arrived at Subic Bay 30 August via Pearl Harbor. Rearming operations were conducted in the South China Sea and off the coast of Vietnam with carriers and fire support ships.

Mount Katmai was underway from Subic Bay 11 March 1968, and arrived San Francisco 28 March. After a 3 month overhaul period and type training, she left San Francisco 31 August and arrived back at Subic Bay 24 September.

Mount Katmai continues to provide ammunition to U.S. and Allied combatants off the coast of Vietnam into 1969.

Mount Katmai received nine battle stars for Korean service.

[Note: The above USS MOUNT KATMI (AE-16) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS MOUNT KATMI (AE-16), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]