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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
NOV 1966 - Keel Date: 29 NOV 1966
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton WA
JUN 1969 - Launch Date: 21 JUN 1969
JAN 1970 - JAN 1972 West Pac
JAN 1970 - JAN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1970 - Commissioned: 14 MAR 1970
OCT 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 11 OCT 1970 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1971 - DEC 1971 Mediterranean
JUN 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 5 JUN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 10 APR 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1972 - JUN 1972 West Pac-Indian Ocean
APR 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1972 - FEB 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1972 - JUN 1973 Mediterranean
APR 1974 - MAY 1974 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1974 - DEC 1974 Mediterranean
AUG 1975 - FEB 1976 Mediterranean
APR 1978 - OCT 1978 Mediterranean
JAN 1979 - MAY 1979 Mediterranean
JUN 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 4 JUN 1979 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 OCT 1980 - Indian Ocean
APR 1981 - AUG 1981 North Atlantic
OCT 1983 - MAY 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1986 - SEP 1986 Mediterranean
FEB 1987 - JUL 1987 Dry Dock
MAY 1987 - AUG 1987 North Atlantic
MAR 1988 - JUL 1988 Guantanamo Bay
JUL 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 24 JUL 1988 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1990 - MAR 1990 Caribbean
AUG 1990 - NOV 1990 Desert Shield
SEP 1990 - MAR 1991 Desert Shield
MAY 1992 - NOV 1992 Mediterranean
JAN 1994 - OCT 1994 Guantanamo Bay
NOV 1994 - MAY 1995 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 1997 - MAY 1998 Mediterranean
OCT 1998 - APR 1999 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 2001 - MAR 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 2001 - MAR 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT 2001 - MAY 2002 Mediterranean
OCT 2001 - JUN 2002 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 2002 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 2002 - Indian Ocean
SEP 2003 - FEB 2004 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
NOV 2003 - Shellback Initiation - 26 NOV 2003 - Indian Ocean
FEB 2005 - 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