USS CHUKAWAN (AO-100)
Chuckawan (AO-100) was launched 28 August 1945 by
Bethlehem Steel Co.
Md.; sponsored by Miss M.
McCrea; commissioned 22 January 1946
Commander G. H. Burrows
in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.
From the time of her commissioning. through 1963
has helped give the U.S. Fleet its unique mobility. From her home
port at Norfolk
she has repeatedly sailed to fuel ships
operating in exercises along the coast
to transport oil products
overseas and to carry oil from producing regions. Among her most
important duties have been her cruises with the formidable 6th Fleet
in the Mediterranean. These deployments occurred in 1947
and were occasions for
visits to a variety of Mediterranean ports
as well as participation
in the operations by which the 6th Fleet has repeatedly checked
Communist moves in this ancient center of civilization.
Two of these were of special international significance. The first
came in November 1956
upon the outbreak of the Suez crisis
sailed from Norfolk on short notice with a carrier task force
assigned to stand by in the eastern Atlantic should American strength
in the Mediterranean need enhancement. Her second dramatic incident
occurred through her service to 6th Fleet ships during the Lebanon
crisis of summer
when such support as hers made possible the
landing of Marines on the shortest possible notice in an operation
which kept the peace in the Near East at a most explosive moment in
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