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U.S.S. KILAUEA

(AE-26)

SERVICE WITH A BANG

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The USS KILAUEA (AE-26), a Kilauea-class ammunition ship, was commissioned on 10 AUG 1968. USS KILAUEA served her country for 12 years, 1 month and 21 days, until decommissioned on 1 OCT 1980.

The USS KILAUEA (AE-26) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AE-26 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1966-Keel Date: 10 MAR 1966
at General Dynamics Electric Boat Groton CT
AUG1967-Launch Date: 9 AUG 1967
AUG1968-Commissioned: 10 AUG 1968
FEB1969-SEP1970West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1969-Shellback Initiation - 25 OCT 1969 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1970-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1970-FEB1971West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1970-Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1970 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1970- Shellback Initiation - 25 SEP 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1971-NOV1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-NOV1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-NOV1972West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1971-JUL1972West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1971-JUN1972West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1971-OCT1972West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1972-OCT1972West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1973-AUG1973West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1973-Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1973 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1973- Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1973 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1974-SEP1974West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1974-SEP1974West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1975-MAR1976West Pac
JAN1977-JAN1980West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1977-Shellback Initiation - 6 OCT 1977 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1978-OCT1978West Pac
JAN1979-OCT1979West Pac
MAR1979-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1979 - Indian Ocean
MAR1980-Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1980 - Indian Ocean
MAR1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1980 - Indian Ocean
OCT1980-OCT1980Transferred to Military Sealift Command
OCT1980-Shellback Initiation - 14 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
OCT1980-Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1980
JUN1982-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1982 - Indian Ocean

AE-26 General Specifications

Class: Kilauea-class ammunition ship

Named for: Kilauea

Complement: 403 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 11915 tons

Length: 561 feet

Beam: 81 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots



USS KILAUEA (AE-26)



Kilauea (AE-26) was laid down 10 March 1966 by General Dynamics Corp., Quincy Div., Quincy, Mass.; launched 9 August 1967; sponsored by Mrs. Michael J. Kirwin, wife of Representative Kirwin of Ohio; and will be completed by early 1968.

Once commissioned, the ammunition ship will deliver ammunition and limited quantities of freight, mail, and passengers to the Pacific Fleet at sea and in port.

[Note: The above USS KILAUEA (AE-26) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS KILAUEA (AE-26), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]