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U.S.S. NIAGRA FALLS

(AFS-3)

MOBILE SUPPORT FOR SEA POWER

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USS NIAGRA FALLS (AFS-3) - a Mars-class combat stores ship

In Commission 1967 to 1994

AFS-3 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AFS-3 Shellback Initiation Add a AFS-3 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1965 - Keel Date: 22 MAY 1965
at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company San Diego CA
MAR 1966 - Launch Date: 26 MAR 1966
APR 1967 - OCT 1968 Commisioning
APR 1967 - Commissioned: 29 APR 1967
FEB 1968 - OCT 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1968 - OCT 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - SEP 1983 Changed Homeport to Sasebo Japan
JAN 1969 - JUL 1972 West Pac
JAN 1969 - JUL 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1970 - MAR 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1970 - SEP 1970 Homeport change CONUS (Alameda)
APR 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1972 - APR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 27 AUG 1972 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1973 - JUN 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 6 FEB 1974 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 10 FEB 1974 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 23 AUG 1974 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1975 - DEC 1975 West Pac
JAN 1976 - AUG 1977 West Pac
OCT 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 4 OCT 1978 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1978 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1980 - APR 1981 West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG 1980 - APR 1981 westpac.
OCT 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 25 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 25 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 28 JAN 1981 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1982 - AUG 1982 Iranian hostage crisis
APR 1982 - NOV 1982 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 1983 - SEP 1994 Homeport Change to U.S. Naval Station Guam
MAY 1984 - DEC 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1984 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1984 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1984 - APR 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1985 - JAN 1988 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1987 - SEP 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 8 JUL 1987 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 13 JUL 1987 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1990 - OCT 1991 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1992 - MAR 1993 Desert Storm
DEC 1992 - DEC 1992 Operation Restore Hope/Somalia
JAN 1993 - JAN 1993 D.I.W. off the coast of Somalia 4 days

AFS-3 General Specifications

Class: Mars-class combat stores ship

Named for: The city of Niagara Falls

Complement: 480 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 17500 tons

Length: 581 feet

Beam: 79 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Transferred to Military Sealift Command 23 September 1994