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U.S.S. CANISTEO

(AO-99)

If Freedom Were Easy We Wouldnt Be Here

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The USS CANISTEO (AO-99), a Cimarron-class oiler, was commissioned on 3 DEC 1945. USS CANISTEO missed World War II serrvice by month, but "carried the goods" for the US Navy for over forty years. The first twenty years of her career was spent supporting the fleet was needed. Ranging from the East Coast of the United States, CANISTEO traveled the North Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean as ordered. In 1966 CANISTEO underwent the addition of a 60 foot section to her hull that added 30,000 barrels of cargo oil and 600 tons of cargo ammunition to her capacity. The "Jumboization" extended her capacity, range and useful service life. She went on to serve the Atlantic fleet for an additional twenty tree years in the same deployment cycles. USS CANISTEO served her country for 43 years, 9 months and 29 days, until decommissioned on 2 OCT 1989. CANISTEO was laid up at the NISMF at Fort Eustis, VA at first , then sold to UK ABLE fro scrapping in 2003. The hulk was not dismantled until 2008 due to environmental concerns.

The USS CANISTEO (AO-99) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AO-99 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AO-99 Shellback Initiation Add a AO-99 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1944 Keel Date: 11 NOV 1944
JUL 1945 Launch Date: 6 JUL 1945
DEC 1945 Commissioned: 3 DEC 1945
NOV 1953 - MAR 1954 Mediterranean
JAN 1961 - MAY 1961 Crossed equator in the persuit of pirate ship s.s. santa maria
OCT 1962 - NOV 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
APR 1965 - JUN 1966 dominican republic
OCT 1965 - OCT 1965 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
NOV 1965 - DEC 1965 Capetown South Africa Cruise
NOV 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 18 NOV 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1965 - NOV 1965 Shellback Initiation 11-18-1965
MAY 1966 - SEP 1966 North Atlantic
NOV 1966 - NOV 1966 GEMINI XII Recovery assistance
JUN 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1969 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1969 - APR 1970 Mediterranean
NOV 1969 - MAY 1970 Mediterranean
APR 1970 - JAN 1971 Mediterranean
JUN 1970 - JUL 1970 Panama Canal
JUN 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1970 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1971 - NOV 1971 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - JUN 1974 Mediterranean
MAR 1976 - SEP 1976 Mediterranean
OCT 1977 - DEC 1977 North Atlantic
JUL 1978 - FEB 1979 Mediterranean
JAN 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 30 JAN 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JAN 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1982 - JAN 1983 Caribbean
JAN 1983 - APR 1983 North Atlantic
AUG 1985 - JAN 1986 Law Enforcement Operations (LEO)
OCT 1989 Decommissioned: 2 OCT 1989

AO-99 General Specifications

Named for: The Canisteo River in New York

Complement: 22 Officers and 362 Enlisted

Displacement: 7236 tons

Length: 553 feet

Beam: 75 feet

Draft: 32 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrapping



USS CANISTEO (AO-99)



Canisteo (AO-99) was launched 6 July 1945 by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard Inc. Sparrows Point Md. under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Mrs. J. N. Chambers; and commissioned 3 December 1945 Lieutenant Commander E. L. Denton USNR in command.


Canisteo cleared Norfolk 4 February 1946 for Melville R.I. where she loaded diesel oil for naval units taking part in the occupation of Germany. Returning from Bremerhaven and Farge Germany she carried out training operations in the Caribbean and then sailed to Iceland and Greenland returning to New York City 27 May.


The tanker sailed south from Norfolk 27 November 1946 as a unit of Operation "Highjump " the largest Antarctic expedition to that time. Steaming through the Panama Canal to the Antarctic Canisteo reached Scott and Peter Islands and through her logistic support played a critical role in this historic exploratory and scientific project carrying on the Navy's traditional role in expanding man's frontiers. Canisteo returned to Norfolk 23 April 1947 after calling at Rio de Janeiro and Caribbean ports.


Between 4 June 1947 and 23 October 1948 Canisteo served four tours of duty supporting the 6th Fleet by carrying oil from Bahrein to the Mediterranean. The winter and spring of 1948-1949 found Canisteo operating on fueling duty from Norfolk to Caribbean ports; Argentia Newfoundland; and Grondal Greenland. A pattern of alternating exercises in the Caribbean with overhauls and tours of duty in the Mediterranean in the following years was highlighted by her fueling in support of many fleet exercises. She played a part in augmenting the growing strength of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization through Operation "Mainbrace" (26 August-11 October 1952) and in combined operations with Canadian forces (16-20 September 1956). Active with the Fleet Canisteo continued to operate out of Norfolk through 1960 participating in fleet and NATO exercises.

[Note: The above USS CANISTEO (AO-99) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS CANISTEO (AO-99) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]