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The USS SACRAMENTO (AOE-1), a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, was commissioned on 14 MAR 1964. USS SACRAMENTO was built at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington and then homeported in Bremerton after commissioning. The "ship's work" that a Fast Combat Stores Ship "turns to" is passing the ammo, fuel and food while deployed in support of the Fleet. She deployed numerous times to the Western Pacific, extending into the Indian Ocean if called upon. Of note: Her main engines were from the never completed USS KENTUCKY (BB-66), abandoned on the ways after WWII. The engines were able to power SACRAMENTO to over thirty knots. USS SACRAMENTO served her country for 40 years, 6 months and 17 days, until decommissioned on 1 OCT 2004. The hulk of the SACRAMENTO was scrapped in 2008.

The USS SACRAMENTO (AOE-1) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AOE-1 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1961 - Keel Date: 30 JUN 1961
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton WA
SEP 1963 - Launch Date: 14 SEP 1963
JAN 1964 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1964 - Commissioned: 14 MAR 1964
DEC 1964 - JUN 1965 West Pac
DEC 1964 - AUG 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 - AUG 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1965 - MAR 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1965 - JUN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1965 - JUN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1966 - MAY 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - JAN 1969 West Pac
APR 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 23 APR 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1967 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1968 - SEP 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1968 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - APR 1968 uss Pueblo Capture by North Korea Deployed to N Korea
FEB 1968 - APR 1968 Westpac. USS Pueblo captured by North Korea deployed to North K
AUG 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 10 AUG 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Golden Shellback Intiation
FEB 1969 - AUG 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1969 - NOV 1972 West Pac
FEB 1969 - APR 1969 North Korea - USS Pueblo captured by North Korea
AUG 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 2 AUG 1969 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1970 - DEC 1970 West Pac
JAN 1971 - AUG 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1971 - JAN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1972 - APR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1972 - APR 1973 West pack
JAN 1973 - JAN 1976 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 24 MAR 1974 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 23 MAR 1974 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1975 - Shellback Initiation - 1 NOV 1975 - Indian Ocean
APR 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1978 - Indian Ocean
APR 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 28 APR 1978 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1978 - OCT 1979 West Pac
FEB 1980 - SEP 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAR 1980 - SEP 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1980 - FEB 1981 West Pac
NOV 1981 - NOV 1982 West Pac
NOV 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1982 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1982 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1984 - JUL 1984 West Pac
JAN 1985 - OCT 1986 west-pac/med cruise
SEP 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 19 SEP 1985 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1985 - OCT 1986 West Pac
DEC 1988 - MAY 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1989 - JAN 1990 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 16 FEB 1989 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 28 FEB 1989 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 3 FEB 1989 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1990 - JAN 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - MAR 1991 Desert Storm
APR 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 1 APR 1991 - Indian Ocean
APR 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 1 APR 1991 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1992 - MAY 1993 Somalia
APR 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 4 APR 1993 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1995 - AUG 1995 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1995 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 5 MAY 1995 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1995 - JUN 1995 collision with uss abraham Lincoln
JAN 1996 - AUG 1996 West Pac
SEP 1997 - FEB 1998 West Pac
OCT 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1997 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1999 - DEC 1999 West Pac
JUL 2001 - FEB 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2003 - OCT 2003 West Pac
JAN 2003 - SEP 2003 support with carrier group off japan coast
JUN 2003 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUN 2003 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 2003 - SEP 2004 West Pac
JAN 2004 - OCT 2004 West Pac
MAR 2004 - OCT 2004 West Pac
OCT 2004 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 2004

AOE-1 General Specifications

Class: Sacramento-class fast combat support ship

Complement: 34 Officers and 602 Enlisted

Displacement: 18884 tons

Length: 796 feet

Beam: 107 feet

Draft: 38 feet

Final Disposition: Undergoing Scrapping Dismantling


The third Sacramento (AOE-1), the first of the Navy's fast combat support ships, was laid down on 30 June 1961 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; launched on 14 September 1963; sponsored by Mrs. Edmund G. Brown; and commissioned on 14 March 1964, Capt. Mark M. Gantar in command.

Sacramento's turbines are two of the four originally built for Kentucky (BB-66), which was never completed. Her cargo capacity is more than 175,000 barrels or nearly eight million gallons of Navy Standard fuel oil, JP-5 aviation fuel, and aviation gasoline. Pumping capacity, to port and starboard simultaneously, exceeds 1.5 million gallons per hour. She can also carry 1,600 tons of ammunition, including missiles; 250 tons of refrigerated provisions, an equal amount of dry provisions and stores, and a sizeable load of miscellaneous freight and mail. Helicopter facilities include a loading area aft with hangar space for three UH-46 helicopters.

Seattle, Wash., was designated her home port. On 7 April 1964, Sacramento steamed out of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to begin her maiden voyage, three days of builder's and familiarization trials. On Friday, 12 June, Sacramento and Mars (AFS-1) rendezvoused about 35 miles off Point Loma, Calif., to test their new systems of replenishing.

Underway training with the Fleet Training Group, San Diego, commenced on 15 June. Following a call at Sai Francisco, the ship returned to Bremerton for replenishment-at-sea trials, followed by post-shakedown availability from 27 August through 9 October. The ship departed Long Beach on 28 November for her first WestPac deployment.

On 9 December, two days out of Pearl Harbor, Sacramento refueled Ticonderoga (CVA-14), Kearsarge (CVA-33), and five destroyers. She then continued on to Sasebo, Japan. Through this 175-day deployment, Sacramento provided in-port services; and, for four months, replenished ships in the South China Sea. She serviced 294 ships, transferred 35 million gallons of fuel, 1,191 short tons of provisions, and 670 tons of ammunition. During this period, she steamed over 39, 000 miles and called at Sasebo, Yokosuka, Hong Kong, and Pearl Harbor.

At the end of this "maiden deployment," Sacramento returned to Long Beach and then continued on to Bremerton for yard availability, which ended on 16 August. Refresher training and the usual preparations for sea preceded her second departure for WestPac on 14 October.

Arriving at Subic Bay on the 28th, she became an integral part of Task Force 73, the 7th Fleet replenishment and mobile logistics support force. She then steamed to Yankee Station off Vietnam's coast to begin duties on the replenishment line.

A typical cycle in Vietnamese waters consisted of two and one-half weeks on Yankee Station, a quick run back to Subic Bay for five or six days of in-port loading, then a return to station. This nine-month deployment ended with Sacramento's arrival at Seattle on 17 July 1966.

Sacramento stood out from Long Beach on 25 November to commence a third WestPac deployment and resumed her Yankee Station cycle for months of vital service before returning home. A fourth WestPac deployment commenced on 6 January 1968. After replenishing the 351st ship of that deployment on 15 June, she steamed for the west coast. From San Francisco, she proceeded to Bremerton for her first regular yard overhaul since commissioning.

From December 1968 to February 1969, Sacramento underwent the normal inspections, trials, and preparations for deployment. She again steamed west on 11 February, arrived at Subic Bay on the 28th, and five days later headed for Yankee Station. This deployment saw Sacramento complete 471 replenishments while steaming over 51,000 miles. Upon returning home at the end of September 1969, the ship spent three months in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and then commenced preparations for her next WestPac deployment.

Sacramento departed on her sixth WestPac deployment on 23 February 1970, after loading ammunition at Bangor and fuel at Manchester. She arrived in Subic Bay, P.I., on 15 March and, six days later, headed for Yankee Station. She continued making trips between Subic Bay and Yankee Station through August, taking time out to visit Yokosuka in June, and Hong Kong in July. On 5 September, she departed Subic Bay for San Diego, arriving on the 18th. Five days later, she moved to Puget Sound for ammunition offload, a standdown period, and restricted availability. The end of 1970 saw her still at Puget Sound.

On 8 January 1971, she sailed south to Long Beach, Seal Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco. In February, she returned to Washington to load stores for her seventh WestPac deployment. She departed Bangor on 1 March and entered Subic Bay on the 20th. Four days later, Sacramento exited Subic Bay on her first line swing of this tour. She sailed back and forth between Subic Bay and Yankee Station until 5 August, when she got underway for Sasebo, Japan, on the first leg of her voyage back to the United States. After stops at Long Beach, Seal Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco, Sacramento entered her new home port, Bremerton, Wash., on 2 September. She finished out 1971 on the west coast, commencing overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 1 December.

Sacramento remained in Bremerton through early June 1972, when she began post-overhaul operations off the west coast. This employment continued until 11 August, at which time she departed from Bangor, en route to Subic Bay. She replenished units of the 7th Fleet, off the coast of Vietnam, for the next six and one-half months, finally departing from Subic Bay on 23 March 1973. After visiting Yokosuka, Japan, she continued on to the United States, arriving at Bremerton, Wash., on 16 April. For the remainder of the year, Sacramento was active along the west coast. The beginning of 1974 brought with it preparations for another overseas deployment. Sacramento departed Seal Beach, Calif., in February, and headed for the Far East once again. As of June 1974, she was cruising the waters of the western Pacific in support of the 7th Fleet.

Sacramento earned 15 battle stars for service in the Vietnam War.

[Note: The above USS SACRAMENTO (AOE-1) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SACRAMENTO (AOE-1), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]