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U.S.S. SANTA BARBARA

(AE-28)

THE SANTA BARBARIANS

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The USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28), a Kilauea-class ammunition ship, was commissioned on 11 JUL 1970. USS SANTA BARBARA served her country for 28 years, 2 months and 19 days, until decommissioned on 30 SEP 1998. After fit out and shake down training USS SANTA BARBARA briefly took up station in her homeport of Davisville, Rhode Island. She began her service career of Mediterranean, Caribbean, North Atlantic and Indian Ocean deployments. SANTA BARBARA was decommissioned on 30 SEP 1998 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command, where she was crewed by civilians under Navy leadership until retired in 2005. She was scrapped in 2007.

The USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AE-28 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1966 - Keel Date: 30 DEC 1966
at Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard MD
JAN 1968 - Launch Date: 23 JAN 1968
JUL 1970 - Commissioned: 11 JUL 1970
JUL 1970 - MAR 1971 Cuba
SEP 1970 - MAR 1971 Mediterranean-West Africa
OCT 1970 - MAR 1971 Mediterranean
APR 1972 - MAY 1972 Caribbean
MAY 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac
JUN 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1973 - DEC 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - JAN 1975 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - MAR 1974 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1974 - OCT 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1975 - MAR 1975 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1975 - SEP 1975 Mediterranean
JAN 1976 - AUG 1976 Shipyard in Jacksonville FL
SEP 1976 - NOV 1976 Shipyard in Baltimore MD
OCT 1978 - APR 1979 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - JUN 1980 Mediterranean
AUG 1980 - FEB 1981 Dry Dock
NOV 1981 - MAY 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN 1982 - AUG 1985 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
NOV 1982 - JUN 1983 Mediterranean
FEB 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1983 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1984 - APR 1984 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
OCT 1984 - FEB 1985 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
APR 1985 - MAY 1985 Caribbean
JAN 1986 - JAN 1990 Desert Shield
SEP 1986 - MAR 1987 Mediterranean
JUL 1988 - FEB 1989 Mediterranean
JAN 1990 - DEC 1994 Desert Shield
JAN 1990 - JAN 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 Desert Storm
JUL 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1992 - AUG 1992 Mediterranean
OCT 1992 - APR 1993 Mediterranean
MAY 1994 - NOV 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1994 - NOV 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAY 1994 - NOV 1994 Mediterranean
NOV 1994 - MAY 1995 Mediterranean
NOV 1997 - DEC 1997 Caribbean
FEB 1998 - AUG 1998 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1998 - Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1998

AE-28 General Specifications

Class: Kilauea-class ammunition ship

Displacement: 10417 tons

Length: 564 feet

Beam: 81 feet

Draft: 27 feet 7 in

Flank Speed: 20 knots



USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28)



The third Santa Barbara was laid down on 30 December 1966 by the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Sparrows Point, Md.; launched on 23 January 1968; sponsored by Mrs. Graeme C. Bannerman, wife of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Logistics; and commissioned on 11 July 1970, Capt. Charles A. Whit-more in command.

Following fitting out at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Santa Barbara arrived at her designated home port, Davisville, R.I., on 18 September 1970. On 6 October, the ammunition ship conducted her first underway replenishment.

Santa Barbara departed Davisville on 15 October for the Caribbean and six weeks of shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her shakedown completed on 25 November, Santa Barbara returned to her home port of Davisville on 5 December.

Underway again on 11 January 1971, Santa Barbara arrived at the Naval Ammunition Depot, Earle, N.J., for her first regular loadout, which was completed four days later at the Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Va.

After a short period in Davisville, Santa Barbara got underway on 1 February for her first regularly scheduled fleet exercises. With units of Task Force 27 participating in Operation "Springboard," the ammunition ship operated out of Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, until 25 February, rearming 17 ships and successfully transferring over 400 tons of missiles, bombs, and projectiles. On 15 March, Santa Barbara began a two-month availability at the Boston Naval Shipyard. Departing on 25 June, she arrived the next day at Davisville.

In July, she sailed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for refresher training; then, returned to Davisville in August. In September, Santa Barbara was deployed to the Mediterranean, returning to the United States on 17 March 1972. She departed the New England coast in April, bound for a short cruise in the Caribbean. Returning to Rhode Island in late May, she departed again on 5 June; this time ordered to the western Pacific on an extended deployment. After seven months in Asian waters, Santa Barbara entered Pearl Harbor on 5 February 1973; then, proceeded on to Quonset Point, R.I., via the Panama Canal, arriving on the 22nd. She operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean for the remainder of 1973 and for three months into 1974. In April 1974, Santa Barbara embarked upon another Mediterranean cruise. As of June 1974, she is still operating with the 6th Fleet.

[Note: The above USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SANTA BARBARA (AE-28), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]