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U.S.S. MILWAUKEE

(AOR-2)

SERVICE

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The USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2), a Wichita-class replenishment oiler, was commissioned on 1 NOV 1969. Built by General Dynamics Corporation at Quincy, Massachusetts, USS MILWAUKEE was initial an Atlantic Fleet "Oiler" deployed to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic and Caribbean, before being called to the "West Pac" and duty off Vietnam in 1972-73. Returning to Atlantic Fleet in 1974, MILWAUKEE finished her service career, true to the acronym "A.O.R. - Always Out Replenishing". USS MILWAUKEE served her country for 24 years, 2 months and 26 days, until decommissioned on 27 JAN 1994. USS MILWAUKEE was laid up at the NISMF in Philadelphia, PA for fifteen years after decommissioning, then sold for scrapping in 2009.

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

AOR-2 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV1966-Keel Date: 29 NOV 1966
at General Dynamics Corporation Quincy MA
JAN1969-Launch Date: 1 JAN 1969
NOV1969-Commissioned: 1 NOV 1969
FEB1971-JUL1971Mediterranean
AUG1971-NOV1971Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1971-NOV1971North Atlantic
JAN1972-JAN1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1972-JAN1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1972-JAN1972Guantanamo Bay
JUN1972-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1972-OCT1972Mediterranean
OCT1972-Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1972-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1972- Shellback Initiation - 22 OCT 1972 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1972-DEC1972SecNav John Warner boards Milwaukee
DEC1972-DEC1972Won Atlantic Fleet Arleigh Burke Trophy Award
MAR1973- Shellback Initiation - 16 MAR 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1973-Shellback Initiation - 16 MAR 1973 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1973-FEB1974Dry Dock
APR1974-APR1974Guantanamo Bay
MAY1974-NOV1974Mediterranean
MAY1975-Shellback Initiation - 6 MAY 1975 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1976-FEB1977Mediterranean
JUN1977-JUL1977Queens Silver Jublee
MAR1978-SEP1979Mediterranean
MAR1978-MAY1978Regular Overhaul
JUN1979-OCT1980panamacanel
JAN1982-AUG1982Mediterranean
AUG1982-SEP1982North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAR1983-NOV1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
APR1984-JUL1984North Atlantic
OCT1985-Shellback Initiation - 1 OCT 1985 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1985- Shellback Initiation - 1 OCT 1985 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1986-NOV1986Mediterranean
SEP1986-NOV1986UNITAS
FEB1988-AUG1988Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR1988-AUG1988West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1989-APR1990Mediterranean
JAN1990-DEC1991Desert Storm
JAN1990-SEP1990Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1990-MAR1991Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1991-DEC1991Mediterranean
JUN1991-DEC1991Mediterranean
JAN1994-Decommissioned: 27 JAN 1994

AOR-2 General Specifications

Class: Wichita-class replenishment oiler

Named for: The city of Milwaukee

Complement: 34 Officers and 463 Enlisted

Displacement: 14048 tons

Length: 659 feet

Beam: 96 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Transferred to Maritime Administration 24 February 2001



USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2)



The fourth Milwaukee (AOR‑2) was laid down 29 November 1966 by General Dynamics Corp., Quincy Yard, Quincy, Mass.; launching scheduled 3 January 1970, to be sponsored by Mrs. Henry Haier, wife of the Mayor of Milwaukee.

Milwaukee (AOR‑2) is the second of a new class of multipurpose replenishment ships being constructed for the Navy. Once in commission, she will operate independently or as a unit of a fast underway replenishment task group. Cargo space and underway transfer equipment is provided for petroleum products, refrigerated and special weapons. She carries the most advanced fueling‑at‑sea equipment and has a rapid cargo discharge capability enhanced by a landing‑launching area for a replenishment helicopter.

[Note: The above USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS MILWAUKEE (AOR-2), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]