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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

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1944-Keel Date: 11 NOV 1944
JUL1945-Launch Date: 6 JUL 1945
DEC1945-Commissioned: 3 DEC 1945
NOV1953-MAR1954Mediterranean
JUN1959-JAN1960Mediterranean
JAN1961-Shellback Initiation - 31 JAN 1961 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1961-MAR1961Mediterranean
JAN1961-MAY1961Crossed equator in the persuit of pirate ship s.s. santa maria
SEP1961-APR1962Mediterranean
OCT1962-NOV1962Cuban Missle Blockade
APR1965-JUN1966dominican republic
OCT1965-OCT1965Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
NOV1965-DEC1965Capetown South Africa Cruise
NOV1965-Shellback Initiation - 18 NOV 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1965-NOV1965Shellback Initiation 11-18-1965
NOV1965- Shellback Initiation - 18 NOV 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY1966-SEP1966North Atlantic
NOV1966-NOV1966GEMINI XII Recovery assistance
JUN1969-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1969 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1969-APR1970Mediterranean
NOV1969-MAY1970Mediterranean
APR1970-JAN1971Mediterranean
JUN1970-JUL1970Panama Canal
JUN1970-Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1970 - Pacific Ocean
APR1971-NOV1971Mediterranean
SEP1972-FEB1973Mediterranean
JAN1974-JUN1974Mediterranean
MAR1976-SEP1976Mediterranean
JAN1977-MAR1977Caribbean
OCT1977-DEC1977North Atlantic
JUL1978-FEB1979Mediterranean
JAN1979-Shellback Initiation - 30 JAN 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1979-JAN1980Regular Overhaul
DEC1981-APR1982Mediterranean
JAN1982-JAN1983Caribbean
JAN1982-Shellback Initiation - 19 JAN 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1983-APR1983North Atlantic
AUG1985-JAN1986Law Enforcement Operations (LEO)
OCT1989-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]