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U.S.S. SEATTLE

(AOE-3)

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The USS SEATTLE (AOE-3), a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, was commissioned on 5 APR 1969. USS SEATTLE was built at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA and after fit out and shake down voyaged through the Panama Canal to her duty station at Norfolk, VA. January 1970 brought REFTRA in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and later that year she began her deigned task, refueling and replenishment of the deployed fleet. SEATTLE's first "Med" was followed by a career of deployment, maintenance and training. In the later part of her service life her routine Mediterranean cruise was extended in to the Indian Ocean to support the standing US Navy presence in the Persian Gulf. USS SEATTLE served her country for 35 years, 11 months and 10 days, until decommissioned on 15 MAR 2005. The hulk of the SEATTLE was scrapped in 2006-2007 by ESCO of Brownsville, Texas.

The USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AOE-3 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1965-Keel Date: 1 OCT 1965
MAR1968-Launch Date: 1 MAR 1968
APR1969-Commissioned: 5 APR 1969
NOV1969-NOV1969Panama Canal
AUG1970-MAR1971Mediterranean
DEC1971-JUL1972Mediterranean
OCT1972-DEC1972Mediterranean
JAN1973-JAN1974Mediterranean
JAN1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
MAY1973-JUN1973Mediterranean
JUL1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
JAN1974-APR1974Dry Dock
APR1974-MAY1974Guantanamo Bay
FEB1975-AUG1975Mediterranean
JAN1976-JUL1976Mediterranean
MAR1977-JAN1978Mediterranean
MAR1978-MAY1978North Atlantic
JAN1979-JUL1979Mediterranean
JAN1979-Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1979 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1979-1981Dry Dock
MAY1981-DEC1981Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN1982-JAN1983North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAR1982-APR1982Guantanamo Bay
APR1982- Shellback Initiation - 5 APR 1982 - Indian Ocean
JUN1982-DEC1982Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN1983-DEC1983North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN1983-JUN1983North Atlantic
JUN1983-DEC1983Grenada
OCT1983-OCT1983North Atlantic
APR1984-NOV1984Mediterranean
AUG1984- Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1984 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1984-APR1985Mediterranean
AUG1985-AUG1985Guantanamo Bay
SEP1985-MAR1986Mediterranean
JUN1987-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUN 1987 - Indian Ocean
AUG1987-FEB1988Mediterranean
JUN1988-JUL1988Guantanamo Bay
AUG1988-FEB1989Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
SEP1988-Shellback Initiation - 15 SEP 1988 - Indian Ocean
MAY1989-NOV1989Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JUL1989-Shellback Initiation - 23 JUL 1989 - Indian Ocean
OCT1989-Shellback Initiation - 17 OCT 1989 - Indian Ocean
JAN1990-JAN1991Desert Shield
MAR1990-JUL1990Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
AUG1990-APR1991Desert Shield
APR1991-SEP1995Desert Storm
APR1991-SEP1995Desert Shield
MAY1993-SEP1993Mediterranean
MAY1995-SEP1995Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1997-APR1998Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1999-APR2000Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2000-JAN2001Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB2002-AUG2002Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB2004-AUG2004Mediterranean
JUN2004-DEC2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2004-Shellback Initiation - 14 AUG 2004 - Indian Ocean
AUG2004-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 2004 - Indian Ocean
OCT2004-Shellback Initiation - 18 OCT 2004 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR2005-Decommissioned: 15 MAR 2005
SEP2011-SEP2011Recommisioning

AOE-3 General Specifications

Class: Sacramento-class fast combat support ship

Displacement: 50561 tons

Length: 796 feet

Beam: 107 feet

Final Disposition: Disposed of by scrapping dismantling



USS SEATTLE (AOE-3)



The second Seattle, a fast combat support ship, was laid down on 1 October 1965 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; launched on 2 March 1968; sponsored by Mrs. William M. Allen, Chairman of the Board of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association, Seattle; and commissioned on 5 April 1969, Capt. Bruce Keener III in command.

After fitting out, Seattle departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 24 September 1969 en route to Norfolk. Seattle visited Long Beach, San Diego, Acapulco, the Panama Canal, and New Orleans, arriving at Norfolk, her designated home port, on 22 November.

Seattle left home port on 2 January 1970 for Guantanamo Bay and shakedown training. On 13 January, Seattle took attack carrier, America (CVA-66), alongside for refueling. She departed again on the 19th for more exercises and a visit to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, before returning to Guantanamo on 26 January.

Following additional exercises and battle problems, Seattle steamed for Mayport, Fla., and thence proceeded to Norfolk, arriving on 12 February.

On 26 February, Seattle was struck by a yard tug, puncturing a tank, and spilling black oil for almost two hours. The oil was quickly skimmed off the water, and no adverse reaction resulted from the mishap.

Seattle departed Norfolk on 27 August for her first overseas deployment. She entered her first European port, Lisbon, Portugal, on 6 September. On 8 September, she anchored off Rota, Spain. Passing through the Straits of Gibraltar the next day, Seattle loaded cargo onto Concord (AFS-5) and then proceeded to the eastern Mediterranean via Augusta, Sicily. The Jordanian Crisis had brought matters close to a boil, and Seattle served as the primary logistic support ship for Saratoga (CVA-60) and her escorts. Toward the end of the month, Seattle was one of 12 ships reviewed by President Nixon.

Seattle continued her support of Saratoga in the eastern Mediterranean until 20 October, when she arrived in Athens, Greece.

Leaving Athens on 29 October, Seattle replenished ships until 9 November, when she pulled into Augusta, Sicily, for another one-day fuel lift. She then proceeded to Taranto, the Italian Navy's largest base, arriving on the 12th.

Seattle departed Taranto on 16 November and continued replenishment of 6th Fleet ships. She spent from 25 November to 1 December in Naples. From 8 to 14 December, the replenisher was anchored in Barcelona, Spain; and ended the year at Villefranche, France.

Seattle got underway on 6 January 1971 for operations in the vicinity of southeast Sicily. On 17 January, she anchored in Naples, remaining there until the 22d. She operated in the Ionian Sea, the Algiers-Provencal Basin, and off Barcelona until 20 February, when she got underway for operations en route to Norfolk, arriving on 1 March.

On 10 August, Seattle departed for Puerto Rico, arriving at Roosevelt Roads on 13 August. She operated around Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guantanamo, and Haiti before returning to Norfolk on 11 October.

On 1 December, Seattle steamed out of Craney Island, Virginia, for a six-month deployment to the Mediterranean. The fast combat support ship arrived at Rota, Spain, on the 9th, and got underway on the following day for Augusta, Sicily, arriving on the 16th. On the 19th, she was en route to Naples, where she spent Christmas in port. On 28 December, Seattle ended her stay in Naples and was underway to Barcelona, arriving on New Year's Eve. At the completion of a seven-month Mediterranean cruise, Seattle returned to Norfolk on 29 June 1972. She operated out of Norfolk for four months, then departed, on 24 October, for an unscheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet. She participated in "Bystander" operations in the western Mediterranean and in exercise "National Week XIV" before returning to Norfolk on 19 December.

Seattle spent the remainder of 1972 at Norfolk and the first six months of 1973 in operations from that port.

[Note: The above USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SEATTLE (AOE-3), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]