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U.S.S. CALOOSAHATCHEE

(AO-98)

SERVE TO THE FLEET WITH PRIDE

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The USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98), a Cimarron-class oiler, was commissioned on 10 OCT 1945. She served the Atlantic Fleet, performing underway refueling of bunker oil and avgas. CALOOSAHATCHEE's voayages took her north to Iceland, south of the Equator and as far east as the Indian Ocean. During her nearly 45 years at sea, she refueled thousands of Navy vessels, always with "SERVICE TO THE FLEET WITH PRIDE", USS CHATTAHOOCHEE served her country for 44 years, 4 months and 18 days, until decommissioned on 28 FEB 1990. The hulk of the CALOOSAHATCHEE was dismantled by UK ABLE in Teeside, England in 2003.

The USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AO-98 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1944 - Keel Date: 30 NOV 1944
JUN 1945 - Launch Date: 2 JUN 1945
OCT 1945 - Commissioned: 10 OCT 1945
JUL 1949 - JAN 1951 Mediterranean
AUG 1953 - NOV 1953 North Atlantic
JUL 1957 - JAN 1958 NATO EX ARCTIC CIRCLE BLUE NOSE
FEB 1958 - SEP 1958 Mediterranean
JAN 1960 - DEC 1961 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
DEC 1963 - DEC 1963 Broke anchor chain in Naples Bay
APR 1965 - SEP 1966 Dominican Republic Operation Power Pack
JUL 1965 - NOV 1965 Mediterranean
MAR 1966 - MAR 1966 Gemini 8 Rendezvous Recovery Force LANT
SEP 1966 - APR 1967 Lost two utiity boats Naples Harbor
JUN 1967 - AUG 1967 Shellback initiation 6/20/1967
JUN 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1967 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1967 - JUL 1967 West Pac
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Recommisioning
SEP 1969 - APR 1970 Mediterranean
OCT 1969 - FEB 1970 Guantanamo Bay
JUL 1970 - AUG 1970 South Atlantic Indian Ocean Rio De Janerio Home
AUG 1973 - JAN 1974 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT 1973 - NOV 1973 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
SEP 1975 - JUN 1976 Mediterranean
JAN 1976 - APR 1976 Mediterranean
SEP 1977 - APR 1978 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - JAN 1982 Grenada
MAR 1980 - AUG 1980 Mediterranean
MAR 1982 - SEP 1982 Mediterranean
JUL 1983 - AUG 1983 Dry Dock
SEP 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1983 - NOV 1983 UNITAS
OCT 1983 - NOV 1983 Grenada
OCT 1983 - MAR 1984 UNITAS
APR 1984 - OCT 1984 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB 1988 - AUG 1988 Mediterranean
SEP 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 13 SEP 1989 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1990 - Decommissioned: 28 FEB 1990

AO-98 General Specifications

Named for: The Caloosahatchie River in Florida

Complement: 22 Officers and 335 Enlisted

Displacement: 7236 tons

Length: 644 feet

Beam: 75 feet

Draft: 32 feet

Final Disposition: Transferred to the Maritime Administration 18 December 1998



USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98)



Caloosahatchee (AO-98) was launched 2 June 1945 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard Inc. Sparrows Point Md. under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. C. L. Andrews; acquired by the Navy 10 October 1945; commissioned the same day Commander H. R. Livingston USNR in command; and reported to Commander Service Force Atlantic Fleet.


Caloosahatchee cruised off the east coast transporting oil and fueling ships at sea and made a voyage to Iceland from Norfolk during her first two years of operations. On 14 August 1947 she sailed for her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean a deployment that marked almost every year of her operations from that time into 1960. In this era when the U.S. Navy had perfected at-sea replenishment to greatly increase mobility flexibility and efficiency Caloosahatchee played a key role in increasing the enormous power for peace represented by the mighty 6th Fleet. Among other widespread operations Caloosahatchee participated in NATO Operation "Mariner" off Greenock Scotland from 16 September to 20 October 1953 and provided summer training for future naval officers in midshipman cruises to Le Havre France in 1954 and to Copenhagen Denmark in 1956. In fall 1957 and again in summer 1958 the oiler sailed with forces calling at ports in England Scotland France and Portugal.


Caloosahatchee 's constant readiness for emergency deployments or other challenges to her operational capability was developed and maintained through training operations along: the east coast and participation in such large-scale Atlantic Fleet exercises as Operation "Springboard" held in the Caribbean which operations continued through 1960.

[Note: The above USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CALOOSAHATCHEE (AO-98) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]