USS Milwaukee (AOR-2)

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USS Milwaukee
USS Milwaukee in March 1982
Career (USA)
Name: USS Milwaukee
Namesake: The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Milwaukee River
Builder: General Dynamics Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 29 November 1966
Launched: 1 January 1969
Commissioned: 1 November 1969
Decommissioned: 27 January 1994
Struck: 8 April 1997
Fate: Transferred to Maritime Administration, 24 February 2001
General characteristics
Class & type: Wichita-class replenishment oiler
Displacement: 14,048 long tons (14,273 t) light
39,790 long tons (40,429 t) full
Length: 659 ft (201 m)
Beam: 96 ft (29 m)
Draft: 37 ft (11 m)
Propulsion: 3 × boilers, 2 × steam turbines, 2 × shafts, 32,000 shp (23,862 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 34 Officers, 463 Enlisted
Armament: 2 × Phalanx CIWS
1 × Sea Sparrow missile system (NSSMS)
Aircraft carried: 2 × CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
Aviation facilities: Helo Deck and berthing for 8 Airdet Personnel

USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) was a Wichita-class replenishment oiler commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1969 She continued to support Navy requirements until 1994 when she was placed in the reserve fleet and later struck.

History[edit]

Milwaukee was laid down on 29 November 1966 and launched on 1 January 1969 at the shipyard of the General Dynamics Corporation, Quincy, Massachusetts. On 1 November 1969 she was commissioned USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) and placed into service for the fleet.

USS Milwaukee taking on fuel at Craney Island, Virginia (USA), on 25 September 1990.

Operational service[edit]

During the Vietnam War USS Milwaukee participated in operation Vietnam Ceasefire from 12 November 1972 through 20 February 1973. The USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service. [1]

In September 1976, returning from a routine deployment, the USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) along with the USS Sylvania (AFS-2) had the honor of transporting the world famous King Tutankhamun Exhibition to America for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

On 1 March 1980 the Malaysian oil tanker Santo Prestige lost power and collided with the USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) which was moored in Norfolk, Virginia. The collision results in a 40- by 15-foot gash in the hull of the Milwaukee.[2]

In 1985 the USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) participated in the anti-submarine exercise Arctic SHAREM.[3]

Decommissioning[edit]

On 27 January 1994 the USS Milwaukee (AOR-2) was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 April 1997. On 15 January 2009, the Milwaukee was sold for $56,410 for scrapping to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake, VA.[4]

References[edit]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.