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U.S.S. SAN JOSE

(AFS-7)

The Magnificent SEVEN

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The USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7), a Mars class combat stores ship, was commissioned on 23 OCT 1970. USS SAN JOSE served her country for 23 years and 10 days, until decommissioned on 2 NOV 1993. The last of the Mars class, USS SAN JOSE was initially home ported at Alameda, California after post commissioning shake down and qualifications. She began her service to the Pacific Fleet with a series of West Pac deployments to replenish US Naval units off the coast of Vietnam. As the US Navy's Pacific structure changed after Vietnam and Iranian Hostage Crisis highlighted the need for a continuing need for a US Naval force in the Indian Ocean, SAN JOSE's home port was shifted westward to Apra Harbor, Guam. From Guam, she supported the naval effort during the First Gulf War. She was decommissioned in November 1993 and transferred the Military Sealift Command, was redesignated USNS San Jose (T-AFS-7) and "crewed" by civilians under US Navy leadership. Retired by the MSC in early 2010, she is scheduled to be scrapped.

The USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AFS-7 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AFS-7 Shellback Initiation Add a AFS-7 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1969 Keel Date: 8 MAR 1969
at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
DEC 1969 Launch Date: 13 DEC 1969
OCT 1970 Commissioned: 23 OCT 1970
SEP 1971 - APR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1971 - APR 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 10 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1972 - JUN 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 3 NOV 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1974 - JAN 1975 West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1974 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1974 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 29 AUG 1974 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1974 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1975 - JUN 1976 West Pac
JUN 1977 - DEC 1977 West Pac
DEC 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 5 DEC 1977 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1979 - MAR 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1979 - MAR 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1979 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1980 Shellback Initiation - 24 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1982 - DEC 1983 RIMPAC
SEP 1982 - DEC 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1983 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1983 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1984 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JUL 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1986 - JAN 1987 Sea Trials
JAN 1986 - JAN 1988 North Atlantic
JAN 1986 - JAN 1987 West Africa
JUN 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1986 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUN 1986 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 14 JUL 1986 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1986 - Shellback Initiation - 2 OCT 1986 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1987 - MAR 1987 SEA OF OKHOTSK Anti-Submarine Operations Support
DEC 1987 - JUN 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1988 - JUN 1989 Awarded Battle \
FEB 1988 - MAY 1988 Awarded MUC
FEB 1988 - MAY 1988 Awarded Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
SEP 1988 - OCT 1988 1988 Korean Olympics Support
DEC 1988 - DEC 1988 Awarded Arliegh Burke Fleet Trophy -- PACFLT
AUG 1989 - JAN 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1989 - OCT 1989 Awarded Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
OCT 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 16 OCT 1989 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 11 APR 1990 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 11 APR 1990 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1990 - AUG 1991 Desert Shield
JAN 1991 - MAR 1991 Desert Shield
AUG 1992 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1992 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 19 MAY 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 2006 - Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 2006 - Pacific Ocean

AFS-7 General Specifications

Class: Mars-class combat stores ship

Named for: San Jose

Complement: 49 Navy and 124 Civilians

Displacement: 9843 tons

Length: 581 feet

Beam: 79 feet

Flank Speed:



USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7)



San Jose (AFS-7) was laid down on 8 March 1969 by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.; launched on 13 December 1969; christened by Mrs. Robert Ellis, III, for the sponsor, her mother, Mrs. George L. Murphy; and commissioned on 23 October 1970, Capt. James H. Morris in command.

Following commissioning and fitting out, San Jose, the first combat stores ship of the Pacific Fleet Service Force to receive the U-1500 computer system, conducted training drills; made a short cruise to Acapulco out of San Diego; and carried out ship's qualification trials out of Long Beach before steaming to her home port, Alameda, in February 1971. Arriving on the 10th, she took on her first PACFILL (Pacific Fleet Issue Load List) stock, and, in March, completed final contract trials. Shakedown and availability followed. In July, she moved north to British Columbia to participate in the observance of that province's Centennial. August took her to Seattle. On 10 September, she received two UH-46 helicopters from detachment HC-3; and, on the 11th, she departed Alameda for her first WestPac deployment.

The stores ship arrived at Subic Bay, Philippines, on 27 September; topped off her load; and, on 4 October, departed for the Tonkin Gulf and her first line swing. On 6 October, she conducted her first simultaneous vertical replenishment and, on the 7th, her first underway replenishment of a carrier task group. From the Tonkin Gulf, Sam Jose delivered freight at Danang, Cam Ranh Bay, and Vung Tau; then conducted underway replenishments off the southern coast of South Vietnam before moving on to a port visit at Singapore, whence she headed back to the Philippines to take on more cargo.

San Jose returned to Subic Bay on 23 October and, by the end of November, had completed three more line swings. On 10 December, she completed her fifth line swing, and, at mid-month, commenced her sixth. The deployment to the western Pacific ended on 16 March 1972, when she departed Subic Bay to return to the United States. Proceeding via Apra, Guam, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, she arrived in San Diego at the end of the month.

San Jose resumed local operations out of San Diego until redeploying to the 7th Fleet in late August. She arrived in Subic Bay on 12 September and, after nine months supporting the 7th Fleet in the Far East, departed Sasebo, Japan, on 11 June 1973 to return to the United States. She arrived at San Francisco on the 22d and resumed local operations. Through June 1974, San Jose continues to cruise the western coastline of the United States, based at San Francisco.

San Jose earned three battle stars for service in the Vietnam War.

[Note: The above USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAN JOSE (AFS-7), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]