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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
DEC1966-Keel Date: 30 DEC 1966
at Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard MD
JAN1968-Launch Date: 23 JAN 1968
JAN1970-JAN1971Commisioning
JUL1970-Commissioned: 11 JUL 1970
JUL1970-MAR1971Cuba
SEP1970-MAR1971Mediterranean-West Africa
OCT1970-MAR1971Mediterranean
APR1972-MAY1972Caribbean
MAY1972-FEB1973West Pac
MAY1972- Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1972-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1972-FEB1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1973-DEC1974Mediterranean
JAN1974-JAN1975Mediterranean
JAN1974-MAR1974Guantanamo Bay
APR1974-OCT1974Mediterranean
JAN1975-MAR1975Guantanamo Bay
APR1975-SEP1975Mediterranean
JAN1976-AUG1976Shipyard in Jacksonville FL
SEP1976-NOV1976Shipyard in Baltimore MD
OCT1978-APR1979Mediterranean
JAN1980-JUN1980Mediterranean
AUG1980-FEB1981Dry Dock
NOV1981-MAY1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN1982-AUG1985Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
NOV1982-JUN1983Mediterranean
FEB1983- Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1983 - Indian Ocean
FEB1983-Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1983 - Indian Ocean
FEB1984-APR1984Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT1984-FEB1985Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
APR1985-MAY1985Caribbean
JAN1986-JAN1990Desert Shield
SEP1986-MAR1987Mediterranean
JUL1988-FEB1989Mediterranean
JAN1990-JAN1991Desert Storm
JAN1990-DEC1994Desert Shield
JAN1991-JUL1991Desert Storm
JUL1991-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1992-AUG1992Mediterranean
OCT1992-APR1993Mediterranean
MAY1994-NOV1994Mediterranean
MAY1994-NOV1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1994-NOV1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
NOV1994-MAY1995Mediterranean
NOV1997-DEC1997Caribbean
FEB1998-AUG1998Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1998-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]