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USS CHUKAWAN (AO-100) - a Cimarron-class fleet oiler

In Commission 1946 to 1972

AO-100 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1945 - Launch Date: 28 AUG 1945
JAN 1946 - Commissioned: 22 JAN 1946
JAN 1954 - JUN 1954 Mediterranean
OCT 1956 - DEC 1956 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL 1960 - JAN 1961 Mediterranean
JUL 1962 - AUG 1963 Cuban Missle Blockade
AUG 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 19 AUG 1962 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1963 - APR 1966 Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN 1964 - AUG 1964 Mediterranean
OCT 1965 - APR 1966 Mediterranean
APR 1968 - OCT 1968 Mediterranean
JUL 1970 - NOV 1970 Mediterranean-Jordanian Crisis
APR 1971 - JUL 1971 Mediterranean
JUN 1972 - Decommissioned: 13 JUN 1972

AO-100 General Specifications

Complement: 314 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7236 tons

Length: 553 feet

Beam: 75 feet

Draft: 32 feet

Flank Speed: 18 knots


Chuckawan (AO-100) was launched 28 August 1945 by Bethlehem Steel Co. Sparrows Point Md.; sponsored by Miss M. McCrea; commissioned 22 January 1946 Commander G. H. Burrows USNR in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

From the time of her commissioning. through 1963 Chuckawan has helped give the U.S. Fleet its unique mobility. From her home port at Norfolk Va. she has repeatedly sailed to fuel ships operating in exercises along the coast to transport oil products overseas and to carry oil from producing regions. Among her most important duties have been her cruises with the formidable 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. These deployments occurred in 1947 1950 1951-52 1954 1955-56 1957 1958 and 1960 and were occasions for visits to a variety of Mediterranean ports as well as participation in the operations by which the 6th Fleet has repeatedly checked Communist moves in this ancient center of civilization.

Two of these were of special international significance. The first came in November 1956 upon the outbreak of the Suez crisis when she sailed from Norfolk on short notice with a carrier task force assigned to stand by in the eastern Atlantic should American strength in the Mediterranean need enhancement. Her second dramatic incident occurred through her service to 6th Fleet ships during the Lebanon crisis of summer 1958 when such support as hers made possible the landing of Marines on the shortest possible notice in an operation which kept the peace in the Near East at a most explosive moment in history.

[Note: The above USS CHUKAWAN (AO-100) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CHUKAWAN (AO-100) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]