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U.S.S. NIAGARA 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
MAY1965-Keel Date: 22 MAY 1965
at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company San Diego CA
MAR1966-Launch Date: 26 MAR 1966
APR1967-OCT1968Commisioning
APR1967-Commissioned: 29 APR 1967
FEB1968-OCT1969West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1968-OCT1968West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1969-JUL1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1969-JUL1972West Pac
JAN1969-SEP1983Changed Homeport to Sasebo Japan
MAY1969-Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1969-Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1969 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1970-MAR1971West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1970-SEP1970Homeport change CONUS (Alameda)
APR1971-DEC1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1972-APR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1972-Shellback Initiation - 27 AUG 1972 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1973-JUN1974West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1973-JUN1974West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1974-Shellback Initiation - 10 FEB 1974 - Indian Ocean
FEB1974-Shellback Initiation - 6 FEB 1974 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1974-Shellback Initiation - 23 AUG 1974 - Indian Ocean
JUL1975-DEC1975West Pac
JAN1976-AUG1977West Pac
DEC1976-APR1977West Pac
OCT1978-Shellback Initiation - 4 OCT 1978 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1978-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1978 - Indian Ocean
AUG1980-APR1981West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG1980-APR1981westpac.
OCT1980-Shellback Initiation - 25 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
OCT1980- Shellback Initiation - 25 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN1981- Shellback Initiation - 28 JAN 1981 - Indian Ocean
JAN1982-AUG1982Iranian hostage crisis
APR1982-NOV1982West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1983-SEP1994Homeport Change to U.S. Naval Station Guam
MAY1984-Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1984 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1984-Shellback Initiation - 22 MAY 1984 - Indian Ocean
MAY1984-DEC1984West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1984-APR1985West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1985-JAN1988Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1987-SEP1987West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL1987-Shellback Initiation - 8 JUL 1987 - Indian Ocean
JUL1987-Shellback Initiation - 13 JUL 1987 - Indian Ocean
JAN1990-OCT1991West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1992-MAR1993Desert Storm
DEC1992-DEC1992Operation Restore Hope/Somalia
JAN1993-JAN1993D.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