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U.S.S. DETROIT

(AOE-4)

USS DETROIT TIGERS

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The USS DETROIT (AOE-4), a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, was commissioned on 14 MAR 1970. Built in Bremerton, WA, DETROIT sailed to her first duty station of Newport, RI via Cape Horn. USS DETROIT "turned to" with deployments to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Carribbean and Persian Gulf through out her career. First from Newport, the Norfolk and finally from NAVWEAPSTA Earle, NJ, DETROIT supplied the fleet, always true to her motto, "To Surpass the Finest". USS DETROIT served her country for 34 years, 11 months and 3 days, until decommissioned on 17 FEB 2005. Initially laid up at NISMF Philadelphia, she was scrapped in October 2005.

The USS DETROIT (AOE-4) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AOE-4 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1966-Keel Date: 29 NOV 1966
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton WA
JUN1969-Launch Date: 21 JUN 1969
JAN1970-JAN1972West Pac
JAN1970-JAN1972West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR1970-Commissioned: 14 MAR 1970
OCT1970-Shellback Initiation - 11 OCT 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1971-DEC1971Mediterranean
JUN1971-Shellback Initiation - 5 JUN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
APR1972- Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
APR1972-FEB1973West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1972-JUN1972West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR1972-Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1972- Shellback Initiation - 1 JUN 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1972-FEB1973West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1972-JUN1973Mediterranean
APR1974-MAY1974Guantanamo Bay
JUN1974-DEC1974Mediterranean
AUG1975-FEB1976Mediterranean
APR1978-OCT1978Mediterranean
JAN1979-MAY1979Mediterranean
JUN1979- Shellback Initiation - 4 JUN 1979 - Indian Ocean
OCT1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
APR1981-AUG1981North Atlantic
OCT1983-MAY1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR1986-SEP1986Mediterranean
FEB1987-JUL1987Dry Dock
MAY1987-AUG1987North Atlantic
MAR1988-JUL1988Guantanamo Bay
JUL1988-Shellback Initiation - 24 JUL 1988 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1990-MAR1990Caribbean
AUG1990-NOV1990Desert Shield
SEP1990-MAR1991Desert Shield
MAY1992-NOV1992Mediterranean
JAN1994-OCT1994Guantanamo Bay
JUL1994- Shellback Initiation - 4 JUL 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1994-MAY1995Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV1997-MAY1998Mediterranean
OCT1998-MAY1999Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1998-APR1999Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2001-MAR2001Decommisioning
SEP2001-MAR2002Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2001-MAR2002Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT2001-JUN2002Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT2001-MAY2002Mediterranean
FEB2002-Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 2002 - Indian Ocean
SEP2003-FEB2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV2003-Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 2003 - Indian Ocean
FEB2005-Decommissioned: 17 FEB 2005

AOE-4 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: Disposed of by scrapping dismantling