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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
NOV 1969 Keel Date: 10 NOV 1969
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
APR 1971 Launch Date: 3 APR 1971
FEB 1972 Commissioned: 4 FEB 1972
JAN 1973 - JUL 1973 West Pac
MAR 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAR 1976 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 5 APR 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1977 - NOV 1977 West Pac
MAY 1977 - NOV 1977 West Pac
SEP 1978 - APR 1979 West Pac
SEP 1979 - JUN 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAR 1981 Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1981 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1981 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1981 - APR 1982 USS Sacremento to Indian Ocean USS Shasta in Pacific Ocean
SEP 1982 - APR 1983 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 1982 - APR 1983 USS Sacremento to Indian Ocean USS Shasta in Pacific Ocean
JUL 1985 - DEC 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 6 OCT 1985 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1987 - SEP 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUL 1987 - DEC 1987 West Pac
NOV 1987 Shellback Initiation - 2 NOV 1987 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 2 NOV 1987 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1990 - DEC 1990 Desert Shield
DEC 1990 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
FEB 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 15 FEB 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1993 - JUL 1993 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1994 - JUN 1994 Dry Dock
NOV 1995 - JUN 1996 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1997 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]