USS Shasta (AE-33)
USS Shasta in 1974
|Name:||USS Mount Shasta (AE-33)|
|Awarded:||8 March 1968|
|Laid down:||10 November 1969|
|Launched:||3 April 1971|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Ralph W. Cousins|
|Commissioned:||4 February 1972|
|Decommissioned:||1 October 1997|
|In service:||with Military Sealift Command 1 October 1997|
|Out of service:||29 April 2011|
|Class & type:||Kilauea-class ammunition ship|
|Displacement:||Light: 10,417 tons
Full load: 18,088 tons
|Length:||564 ft (172 m)|
|Beam:||81 ft (25 m)|
|Draft:||27 ft (8.2 m)|
|Propulsion:||3 × boilers
|Speed:||20 knots (37 km/h)|
|Armament:||2 × 3″50 twin mounts, 12 × .50 cals, 2 × CIWS(Close in Weapon System)|
|Aircraft carried:||2 CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters|
USS Shasta (AE-33)
Construction and Commissioning
Shasta's keel was laid down 10 November 1969 at the Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, sponsored by Mrs. Ralph W. Cousins, wife of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. She was launched on 3 April 1971. Upon completion, the builder took her to Charleston, South Carolina and delivered her to the Navy. Shasta was commissioned in Charleston on 4 February 1972, with Captain Warren C. Graham, Jr., in command.
After fitting out, the newly commissioned Shasta departed Charleston on 22 May 1972 for her shakedown cruise and training at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After completing shakedown and training on 10 June, she headed for the Pacific, where her new homeport was to be the Naval Weapons Station in Concord, California. Along the way, she made port visits to Kingston, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City, Canal Zone; and Acapulco, Mexico. She passed through the Panama Canal and finally arrived in Concord on 3 July.
After arrival in Concord, she underwent ship’s qualification trials and final contract trials. Upon completion of trials and preparations for deployment, Shasta departed Concord to join the 7th Fleet in the western Pacific (WestPac in US Navy terminology) on 3 January 1973.
Shasta deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans in 1985 under the command of Commander Barry N. Kaye.
Shasta deployed to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans in 1987, including three months in the North Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in support of Operation Earnest Will, with Battle Group Echo, formed around the USS Ranger (CV-61), and the USS Missouri (BB-63) surface action group. During this deployment, Shasta made port visits at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Subic Bay, Philippines (two); Singapore; Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories; Pattaya, Thailand; and Hong Kong. Shasta was also involved in Cold War operations during the deployment, and had frequent contact with Soviet vessels and aircraft. Shasta's crew was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon for their service on this deployment.
In 1989, under the command of Commander Daniel A. Gabe, Shasta deployed independently to the Gulf of Alaska, Aleutian Islands, and Bering Sea during Pacex 89, and independently to the Western Pacific for logistics operations in Eastern Asia, all for Cold War operations. During this deployment, Shasta conducted operations off Cold Bay, King Cove and Amchitka, Alaska. Shasta made port calls at Guam; Subic Bay, Philippines; Hong Kong; Okinawa; Sasebo, Japan; Yokosuka, Japan; and Pearl Harbor. Shasta's crew received a Meritorious Unit Commendation and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon for their service on this deployment.
Shasta underwent major overhauls on the San Francisco waterfront in 1986 and 1988.
In early 1990, Shasta underwent a major shipyard overhaul on the San Francisco waterfront, and conducted sea trials in May 1990.
In 1991 Shasta deployed in support of Operations Destert Storm and Desert Shield.
Transfer to Military Sealift Command
Shasta was decommissioned on 1 October 1997 as a "United States Ship" and transferred to the Fleet Auxiliary Force of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as a "United States Naval Ship." On the same day, her hull number was changed and she became USNS Shasta (T-AE-33). Shasta served in the Pacific and Indian Oceans for MSC.
Decommissioning and Fate
Shasta was inactivated on 21 April 2011 and transferred the reserve fleet, resting in reserve in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
In 2013, Shasta was towed from Pearl Harbor to Brownsville, Texas, where, as of November 2013, she was in preparation to be scrapped.
- Captain Warren C. Graham, Jr. (commissioning, 26 February 1972 - 7 December 1973)
- Commander Masten, Lawrence Everett (7 December 1973 - 29 December 1975)
- Commander Kight, James Runnells (29 December 1975 - 20 December 1977)
- Commander Rice, Roy Joe (20 December 1977 - 8 November 1979)
- Commander Therrien, Edward Louis (8 November 1979 - 16 October 1981)
- Commander Kipp, John Lowell (16 October 1981 - 18 November 1983)
- Commander Barry N. Kaye (1984-1986)
- Commander Jeffrey A. Finley (1986-1988)
- Commander Daniel E. Gabe (1988-1991)
- Commander James Douglas Harris (5 February 1991 - 16 October 1992)
- Commander Joe N. Stafford (16 October 1992 - 14 October 1994)
- Commander Norman G. Laws, Jr., (14 October 1994 - 8 March 1996)
- Commander Carol M. Pottenger (8 March 1996 - 1 August 1997)
- Commander Tom Coward (1986)
- Lieutenant Commander John Januzzi (1986-1988)
- Lieutenant Commander Jeff Jupena (1988-1989)
- Lieutenant Commander Hank Baltar (1989-1991)
Awards and Commendations
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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