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U.S.S. SHASTA

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The USS SHASTA (AE-33), a Kilauea-class ammunition ship, was commissioned on 4 FEB 1972. USS SHASTA served her country for 25 years, 7 months and 27 days, until decommissioned on 1 OCT 1997. USS SHASTA was built in Pascagoula, Mississippi. After commissioning and then shake down training at at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, SHASTA transited the Panama Canal in June 1972 and took up station at her homeport at NavWeapSta Concord CA. Almost immediately, SHASTA began a series of Western Pacific deployments that continued throughout her career. The Iranian Hostage Crisis and the following growth of the US Navy presence in the Persian Gulf, extended a number of SHASTA's deployments in to the Indian Ocean. SHASTA was in theater for Desert Shield - Desert Storm in 1990-1. USS SHASTA was decommissioned in OCT 1997 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command. She continues supporting the Fleet as T-AE-33 crewed by civilians under Navy leadership.

The USS SHASTA (AE-33) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AE-33 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1969-Keel Date: 10 NOV 1969
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
APR1971-Launch Date: 3 APR 1971
FEB1972-Commissioned: 4 FEB 1972
JAN1973-JUL1973West Pac
JUN1974-NOV1974West Pac
NOV1974-MAY1975West Pac
MAR1976- Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1976 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1976-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1976 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1976-Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1976 - Indian Ocean
MAR1977- Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1977 - Indian Ocean
APR1977-NOV1977West Pac
APR1977-Shellback Initiation - 5 APR 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1977-NOV1977West Pac
SEP1978-APR1979West Pac
SEP1979-JUN1980West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAR1981- Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1981 - Indian Ocean
MAR1981-Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1981 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1981-Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1981 - Indian Ocean
SEP1981-APR1982USS Sacremento to Indian Ocean USS Shasta in Pacific Ocean
MAR1982-Shellback Initiation - 3 MAR 1982 - Indian Ocean
SEP1982-APR1983West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1982-APR1983USS Sacremento to Indian Ocean USS Shasta in Pacific Ocean
NOV1983-JAN1984Dry Dock
NOV1983-MAR1984Home Port Change
JAN1984-JAN1989Antarctic Circle
JUL1985-DEC1985West Africa
JUL1985-DEC1985West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT1985-Shellback Initiation - 6 OCT 1985 - Indian Ocean
OCT1985- Shellback Initiation - 6 OCT 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAR1987-SEP1987West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL1987-DEC1987West Pac
JUL1987-Shellback Initiation - 13 JUL 1987 - Indian Ocean
NOV1987-Shellback Initiation - 2 NOV 1987 - Indian Ocean
NOV1987-Shellback Initiation - 2 NOV 1987 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1988-DEC1988Show The Flag Operation to Mazatlan
SEP1989-OCT1989Pacex 89
JAN1990-MAR1990Sea of Japan
MAR1990-MAY1990Dry Dock
AUG1990-DEC1990Desert Shield
DEC1990-JUN1991Desert Storm
MAY1991-Shellback Initiation - 4 MAY 1991 - Indian Ocean
FEB1993-Shellback Initiation - 15 FEB 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1993-JUL1993West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1993-JUL1993Dependents Cruise
JAN1994-JUN1994Dry Dock
NOV1995-JUN1996West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT1997-Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1997

AE-33 General Specifications

Class: Kilauea-class ammunition ship

Named for: Mount Shasta

Complement: 28 Officers and 375 Enlisted

Length: 564 feet

Beam: 81 feet

Draft: 27 feet

Final Disposition: In service Military Sealift Command



USS SHASTA (AE-33)



The second Shasta's keel was laid on 10 November 1969 by the Ingalls Ship Building Division, Litton Systems, Inc., of Pascagoula, Miss. Sponsored by Mrs. Ralph W. Cousins, wife of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, she was launched at Pasagoula on 3 April 1971. The Navy took possession of Shasta on 4 February 1972 at Charleston, S.C., where she was commissioned on 26 February, Capt. Warren C. Graham, Jr., in command.

Shasta departed Charleston on 22 May 1972 for shakedown training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After completing the training and making a brief visit to Kingston, Jamaica, she steamed out of Guantanamo Bay on 10 June 1972, bound for her home port, Concord, Calif. Along the way, Shasta called at Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City, Canal Zone; and Acapulco, Mexico. She arrived at Concord on 3 July.

Shasta then underwent ship's qualification trials, final contract trials, and other preparations for her deployment to the western Pacific which began on 3 January 1973. As of 17 September 1974, Shasta was operating in Far Eastern waters.

[Note: The above USS SHASTA (AE-33) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SHASTA (AE-33), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]