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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

Add a AOR-6 Shellback Initiation Add a AOR-6 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT1970-Keel Date: 1 OCT 1970
at General Dynamics Corporation Quincy MA
NOV1972-Launch Date: 1 NOV 1972
AUG1973-Commissioned: 11 AUG 1973
SEP1973-NOV1973Sea Trials
NOV1973-JAN1974Mediterranean
JAN1974-MAR1974Guantanamo Bay
JUN1974-FEB1975Mediterranean
JUN1974-AUG1974Post Shakedown Avaiability at Avondale Shipyards
JAN1975-DEC1975Marjorie Sterret Battleship Award
APR1975-OCT1975Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUL1976-JUL1976New York Harbor Tall Ships Celebration
SEP1976-OCT1976Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1977-AUG1977Mediterranean
APR1978-MAY1979Regular Overhaul
FEB1980-SEP1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
OCT1981-Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1981 - Indian Ocean
OCT1981-Shellback Initiation - 8 OCT 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1981-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1981 - Indian Ocean
OCT1981-APR1982Mediterranean-West Africa
NOV1982-MAY1983Mediterranean
DEC1982-JUN1983OVERHAUL-HOBOKEN N.J.
JAN1983-DEC1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR1983-DEC1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1984-DEC1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
APR1985-OCT1985Mediterranean
JUN1986-SEP1986North Atlantic
SEP1986-SEP1986Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC1986-JUN1987Mediterranean
JUL1987-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1987 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1988-JUN1989Mediterranean
JAN1989-JAN1990Desert Shield
DEC1989-MAY1990Mediterranean
OCT1990-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1990-Shellback Initiation - 9 OCT 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1990-JUN1991Desert Storm
JAN1991-MAY1991Desert Storm
OCT1992-APR1993Mediterranean
JAN1993-DEC1996West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAR1993-JAN1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP1994-Shellback Initiation - 18 SEP 1994 - Indian Ocean
AUG1996-AUG1996Decommisioning
AUG1996-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