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:
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
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
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]