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U.S.S. NITRO

(AE-23)

SERVICE TO THE FLEET

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USS NITRO (AE-23) - a Nitro-class ammunition ship

In Commission 1959 to 1995

AE-23 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1957 - Keel Date: 20 MAY 1957
at Bethlehem Steel Corporation
JUN 1958 - Launch Date: 25 JUN 1958
MAY 1959 - Commissioned: 1 MAY 1959
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
FEB 1963 - SEP 1963 Mediterranean
JUL 1964 - FEB 1965 Mediterranean
NOV 1965 - MAR 1966 Mediterranean
MAY 1968 - DEC 1968 Mediterranean
JUL 1969 - DEC 1969 Mediterranean
OCT 1970 - MAY 1971 Mediterranean
NOV 1971 - MAR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1972 - FEB 1973 Vietnam
NOV 1974 - JUN 1975 Mediterranean
FEB 1976 - NOV 1976 Mediterranean
SEP 1978 - FEB 1979 Mediterranean
JUN 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 1 JUN 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1980 - JAN 1989 Mediterranean
SEP 1980 - NOV 1980 North Atlantic
FEB 1981 - AUG 1981 Mediterranean
MAY 1981 - OCT 1981 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1982 - DEC 1990 Guantanamo Bay
MAR 1985 - NOV 1985 Mediterranean
AUG 1986 - OCT 1986 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
AUG 1986 - OCT 1986 North Atlantic
DEC 1986 - JUL 1987 Mediterranean
AUG 1988 - NOV 1988 Guantanamo Bay
DEC 1988 - JUL 1989 Mediterranean
AUG 1990 - DEC 1990 Desert Shield
DEC 1990 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - JUN 1991 Desert Shield
FEB 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 17 FEB 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 17 FEB 1991 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1991 - Indian Ocean
APR 1995 - Decommissioned: 28 APR 1995

AE-23 General Specifications

Class: Nitro-class ammunition ship

Complement: 331 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 8300 tons

Length: 512 feet

Beam: 72 feet

Draft: 29 feet



USS NITRO (AE-23)



Nitro (AE-23) was laid down by Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Sparrows Point Shipyard, Baltimore Md., 20 May 1957; launched 25 June 1958; sponsored by Mrs. Randolph McCall Pate; and commissioned 1 May 1959, Capt. Warren C. Hall in command.

After shakedown in the Caribbean, Nitro was welcomed at her homeport, Davisville, R.I. After lengthy 2nd Fleet exercises she joined the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean in February 1960, returning in September. She was back in the Mediterranean in the summer of 1961, returning to Norfolk 3 March 1962. During April and May she supported 2d Fleet exercises in the Caribbean. On 6 September she steamed for an operational and good will visit to Northern Europe, returning to Earle, N.J., 15 October. During the period from 11 to 24 November, Nitro sailed to the Caribbean in support of the Task Force engaged in the quarantine of Cuba. She returned to Davisville 24 November.

On 6 February 1963 Nitro departed for 6th Fleet operations, returning to Davisville 24 September. After overhaul at Brooklyn, she operated in the Caribbean and off the east coast until 17 July 1964 when she again deployed to the Mediterranean, returning 5 February 1965. She spent the rest of the year in Davisville and operating in the Caribbean until 16 November when she again steamed east for Gibraltar. She returned from the Mediterranean 22 March 1966.

On 18 May her status was changed to in commission in reserve for conversion at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Baltimore where she remained until recommissioned special 31 August 1967. She got underway 16 October to operate off the east coast and at year's end was back at Davisville. She continues her alternating service with the 2nd and 6th Fleets into 1970.

[Note: The above USS NITRO (AE-23) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS NITRO (AE-23), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]