USS MOUNT KATMI (AE-16)
Mount Katmai (AE‑16)
was laid down 11 November 1944 by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington,
N.C.; launched 6 January 1945; sponsored by Mrs. A. E. DeMaray; and
commissioned 21 July 1945 at Jacksonville, Fla., Comdr. C. H. Ross in command.
After shakedown and fitting out, AE‑16
reported to Commander Service Force Atlantic Fleet 8 September 1945. She was
then ordered to proceed to Hawaii via the Panama Canal. The ammunition ship was
assigned to the western Pacific from there, arriving Leyte in mid‑October
Mount Katmai was
involved in normal support operation off the Pacific coast when the Korean war
began. On 22 July 1950 she deployed from San Francisco to WestPac, arriving in
the combat zone 18 August. She rearmed and replenished combatant ships of TFs
77 and 95 in the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan. Returning home in November
1951, she departed again for the Korean war theater in April 1952, again
supporting units of TFs 77 and 95. Back in the United States in February 1953,
she sailed again for the Far East May 1953. During this deployment, she rearmed
approximately 50 ships before the war ended.
Following the armistice, AE‑16 returned to
CONUS for overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. She got underway for the Far
East in May 1954 for a 6‑month tour, the first of nine WestPac
deployments in the following decade, in which she alternated service on the
west coast with operations in the Orient helping to preserve peace and deter
In December 1964 Mount Katmai commenced
an extensive overhaul period, including installation of increased
communications capabilities and a helicopter deck for vertical replenishment.
On 26 February 1965, the ship departed San
Francisco 20 April, underway to a new war zone to replenish 7th Fleet ships.
She arrived Subic Bay 15 May via Pearl Harbor. Within a few days, she was
underway for rearming operations in the South China Sea, servicing the carrier
strike groups and combatant ships off Vietnam. Operating out of Subic, Mount
Katmai provided logistical support to the operating forces until late
November. She departed Hong Kong 1 December 1965, arriving San Francisco 16
Entering Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard 17
January 1966 for overhaul, the ship returned to an operational status with
Service Force Pacific Fleet 21 March. She participated in type and 1st Fleet
training operations until 1 June when she deployed to WestPac. After a short
visit in Hawaii, she arrived in her WesPac home port of Subic Bay 25 June.
5 July she was underway for Yankee Station, for
rearming carriers and their escorts. In addition to providing aircraft ordnance
for airstrikes against North Vietnam, the ship also provided ammunition for
ships engaged in support and interdiction shore fire missions along the entire
Once more homeward bound, AE‑16 was
underway from Subic Bay 12 January 1967, arriving San Francisco 7 February.
After overhaul in Mare Island Naval Shipyard until 19 July, and type training,
the ammunition ship was ready to sail west again.
Leaving San Francisco 7 August 1967, she arrived
at Subic Bay 30 August via Pearl Harbor. Rearming operations were conducted in
the South China Sea and off the coast of Vietnam with carriers and fire support
Mount Katmai was
underway from Subic Bay 11 March 1968, and arrived San Francisco 28 March.
After a 3 month overhaul period and type training, she left San Francisco
31 August and arrived back at Subic Bay 24 September.
Mount Katmai continues
to provide ammunition to U.S. and Allied combatants off the coast of Vietnam
Mount Katmai received nine battle stars for Korean
[Note: The above USS MOUNT KATMI (AE-16) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS MOUNT KATMI (AE-16), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]