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U.S.S. KALAMAZOO

(AOR-6)

WE GO WE DO. K-ZOO

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The USS KALAMAZOO (AOR-6), a Wichita-class replenishment oiler, was commissioned on 11 AUG 1973. Built at the General Dynamics Shipyard in Quincy, Mass., USS KALAMAZOO, after fit out and shake down, joined the Atlantic Fleet and was homeported in Mayport, Florida. During KALAMAZOO's career she performed all the duties required of an Atlantic "UNREP"; deployments to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the North and South Atlantic and to the Indian Ocean during Desert Storm in 1991. USS KALAMAZOO served her country for 23 years and 5 days, until decommissioned on 16 AUG 1996. At first laid up ad the NISMF at Ft. Eustis, VA, the hulk of the KALAMAZOO was scrapped in 2008 by ESCO Marine of Brownsville, TX.

The USS KALAMAZOO (AOR-6) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AOR-6 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1970 - Keel Date: 1 OCT 1970
at General Dynamics Corporation Quincy MA
NOV 1972 - Launch Date: 1 NOV 1972
AUG 1973 - Commissioned: 11 AUG 1973
SEP 1973 - NOV 1973 Sea Trials
NOV 1973 - JAN 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1974 - MAR 1974 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1974 - FEB 1975 Mediterranean
JUN 1974 - AUG 1974 Post Shakedown Avaiability at Avondale Shipyards
JAN 1975 - DEC 1975 Marjorie Sterret Battleship Award
APR 1975 - OCT 1975 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1976 - JUL 1976 New York Harbor Tall Ships Celebration
SEP 1976 - OCT 1976 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JAN 1977 - AUG 1977 Mediterranean
APR 1978 - MAY 1979 Regular Overhaul
FEB 1980 - SEP 1980 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT 1981 - APR 1982 Mediterranean-West Africa
OCT 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1981 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1981 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1982 - MAY 1983 Mediterranean
DEC 1982 - JUN 1983 OVERHAUL-HOBOKEN N.J.
JAN 1983 - DEC 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1984 - DEC 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
APR 1985 - OCT 1985 Mediterranean
JUN 1986 - SEP 1986 North Atlantic
DEC 1986 - JUN 1987 Mediterranean
JUL 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1987 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1988 - JUN 1989 Mediterranean
JAN 1989 - JAN 1990 Desert Shield
DEC 1989 - MAY 1990 Mediterranean
OCT 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1990 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - MAY 1991 Desert Storm
OCT 1992 - APR 1993 Mediterranean
JAN 1993 - DEC 1996 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR 1993 - JAN 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 18 SEP 1994 - Indian Ocean
AUG 1996 - AUG 1996 Decommisioning
AUG 1996 - Decommissioned: 16 AUG 1996

AOR-6 General Specifications

Class: Wichita-class replenishment oiler

Named for: Kalamazoo

Complement: 34 Officers and 463 Enlisted

Displacement: 14048 tons

Length: 659 feet

Beam: 96 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 15 July 2008 for 1465726