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U.S.S. CAMDEN

(AOE-2)

Flexibility Readiness Endurance

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The USS CAMDEN (AOE-2), a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, was commissioned on 1 APR 1967. USS CAMDEN served her country for 38 years, 6 months and 13 days, until decommissioned on 14 OCT 2005. Constructed as the last vessel of New York Ship Building Corporation, USS CAMDEN was first homported in Long Beach, California. From September of 1967 through May of 1968, CAMDEN worked up for her first in a long series of Western Pacific deployments. She deployed intially to support the Fleet off the coast of Vietnam. As the war in Vietnam waned, the need for for a US Navy presence in the Persian Gulf grew. CAMDEN's deployments from her second homeport of Bemerton, WA often extended into the Indian Ocean in support of the 5th Fleet. Camden was in theater for the war in Vietnam, to aid the USS STARK in the Persian Gulf, for contingency operations in Central America and for Desert Storm - the Liberation of Kuwait. USS CAMDEN was decommissioned in October 2005. She was scrapped in May 2008.

The USS CAMDEN (AOE-2) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AOE-2 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AOE-2 Shellback Initiation Add a AOE-2 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB 1964 Keel Date: 17 FEB 1964
at New York Shipbuilding
MAY 1965 Launch Date: 29 MAY 1965
APR 1967 - MAR 1970 Commissioned - Plank Owner
APR 1967 Commissioned: 1 APR 1967
APR 1967 - JUN 1967 Sea Trials
JUN 1967 - JUL 1967 Panama Canal
JUN 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1969 - MAR 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 21 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1970 - MAR 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1970 - JAN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 27 MAR 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1972 - SEP 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 16 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1972 - DEC 1972 Apollo 17 splash down
JAN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 5 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 5 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1973 - DEC 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 3 SEP 1973 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 4 DEC 1973 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1974 - MAR 1975 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1976 - JUN 1976 West Pac
NOV 1978 - MAY 1979 west pac
FEB 1979 - OCT 1979 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1979 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1980 - APR 1981 West Pac-Indian Ocean
DEC 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 28 DEC 1980 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 22 APR 1981 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1981 - MAY 1981 Dependents Cruise
JUL 1981 - NOV 1982 Dry Dock
MAY 1983 - DEC 1983 Middle Pacific
MAY 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 28 MAY 1983 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 28 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1983 - FEB 1984 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JAN 1984 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1985 - AUG 1985 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1985 - Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
APR 1987 - OCT 1987 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 16 MAY 1987 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1989 - AUG 1989 West Pac
JAN 1991 - SEP 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - SEP 1991 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1991 - AUG 1991 Desert Storm
JUN 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1991 - Indian Ocean
JUN 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1991 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1994 - AUG 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB 1994 - AUG 1994 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1994 - AUG 1994 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1994 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1994 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1994 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 3 JUL 1994 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1996 - NOV 1996 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1998 - JUN 1998 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1998 - Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1998 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 2000 - FEB 2001 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL 2002 - MAY 2003 West Pac
JUN 2004 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 2004 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 2005 Decommissioned: 14 OCT 2005

AOE-2 General Specifications

Class: Sacramento-class fast combat support ship

Complement: 27 Officers and 587 Enlisted

Displacement: 54000 tons

Length: 795 feet

Beam: 107 feet

Draft: 38 feet

Final Disposition: Disposed of by Scrapping Dismantling 13 May 2008