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U.S.S. CAMDEN

(AOE-2)

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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
FEB1964-Keel Date: 17 FEB 1964
at New York Shipbuilding
MAY1965-Launch Date: 29 MAY 1965
APR1967-MAR1970Commissioned - Plank Owner
APR1967-Commissioned: 1 APR 1967
APR1967-JUN1967Sea Trials
JUN1967-JUL1967Panama Canal
JAN1968-JAN1969vietnam
JUN1968-MAR1969West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1968-MAY1970West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV1968-JUL1969West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1968-APR1970West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1969-MAR1970West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1970- Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1970- Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1970-Shellback Initiation - 21 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1970-Shellback Initiation - 7 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1970-MAR1971West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1971-Shellback Initiation - 27 MAR 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1972-SEP1972West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1972-DEC1972Apollo 17 splash down
DEC1972-Shellback Initiation - 16 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1972-Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1973-Shellback Initiation - 5 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1973-DEC1973West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1973-Shellback Initiation - 3 SEP 1973 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1973-Shellback Initiation - 4 DEC 1973 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1974-MAR1975West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1974-MAR1975SHELLBACK INITIATION Jan 15 1975
JAN1976-JUN1976West Pac
JAN1977-DEC1977Dry Dock
NOV1978-MAY1979west pac
FEB1979-OCT1979West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY1979-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1979 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1979- Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1979 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1980-APR1981West Pac-Indian Ocean
DEC1980-Shellback Initiation - 28 DEC 1980 - Pacific Ocean
APR1981-Shellback Initiation - 22 APR 1981 - Indian Ocean
MAY1981-MAY1981Dependents Cruise
JUL1981-NOV1982Dry Dock
MAY1983-Shellback Initiation - 28 MAY 1983 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1983-Shellback Initiation - 28 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY1983-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY1983- Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY1983-DEC1983Middle Pacific
JUL1983-FEB1984West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1984-Shellback Initiation - 22 JAN 1984 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1985-AUG1985West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY1985-Shellback Initiation - 18 MAY 1985 - Indian Ocean
APR1987-NOV1987West Pac
APR1987-OCT1987West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY1987-Shellback Initiation - 16 MAY 1987 - Indian Ocean
JUL1987-JUL1987Beer Day
FEB1989-AUG1989West Pac
APR1989- Shellback Initiation - 15 APR 1989 - Indian Ocean
JAN1991-SEP1991West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1991-SEP1991Desert Storm
FEB1991-AUG1991Desert Storm
FEB1991-SEP1991West Pac
JUN1991-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1991 - Indian Ocean
JUN1991-Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1991 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1993-Shellback Initiation - 4 MAY 1993 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1994-AUG1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
FEB1994-AUG1994West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1994-AUG1994West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1994-AUG1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1994-Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1994 - Indian Ocean
MAY1994-Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1994 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1994- Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1994 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1994-Shellback Initiation - 3 JUL 1994 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1996-NOV1996West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1996- Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1996 - Indian Ocean
JAN1998-JUN1998West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1998-DEC1998West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR1998-DEC1998West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1998- Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1998 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1998-Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 1998 - Pacific Ocean
JUL2000-FEB2001West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2001-JAN2004West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT2001-JAN2002West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JUL2002-MAY2003West Pac
JUN2004-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUN 2004 - Pacific Ocean
OCT2005-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