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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
NOV1944-Keel Date: 30 NOV 1944
JUN1945-Launch Date: 2 JUN 1945
OCT1945-Commissioned: 10 OCT 1945
JUL1949-JAN1951Mediterranean
AUG1953-NOV1953North Atlantic
JUL1957-JAN1958NATO EX ARCTIC CIRCLE BLUE NOSE
FEB1958-SEP1958Mediterranean
JAN1960-DEC1961Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN1961-JAN1961Caribbean
OCT1962-OCT1962Cuban Missle Blockade
DEC1963-DEC1963Broke anchor chain in Naples Bay
APR1965-SEP1966Dominican Republic Operation Power Pack
JUL1965-NOV1965Mediterranean
MAR1966-MAR1966Gemini 8 Rendezvous Recovery Force LANT
SEP1966-APR1967Lost two utiity boats Naples Harbor
JUN1967-AUG1967Shellback initiation 6/20/1967
JUN1967-JUL1967West Pac
JUN1967-Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1967 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1969-JAN1969Recommisioning
SEP1969-APR1970Mediterranean
OCT1969-FEB1970Guantanamo Bay
JUL1970-AUG1970South Atlantic Indian Ocean Rio De Janerio Home
AUG1973-JAN1974North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT1973-NOV1973Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1975-JUN1976Mediterranean
JAN1976-APR1976Mediterranean
SEP1977-APR1978Mediterranean
AUG1979-NOV1979North Atlantic
JAN1980-JAN1982Grenada
MAR1980-AUG1980Mediterranean
MAR1982-SEP1982Mediterranean
JUL1983-AUG1983Dry Dock
SEP1983-Shellback Initiation - 20 SEP 1983 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1983-NOV1983UNITAS
OCT1983-MAR1984UNITAS
OCT1983-NOV1983Grenada
APR1984-OCT1984Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB1988-AUG1988Mediterranean
AUG1989- Shellback Initiation - 6 AUG 1989 - Indian Ocean
SEP1989-Shellback Initiation - 13 SEP 1989 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1990-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]