Suribachi-class ammunition ship

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USS Suribachi (AE-21)
USS Suribachi
Class overview
Name: Suribachi class
Builders: Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard
Operators:  United States Navy
Built: 1955–1957
In commission: 1956–1995
Completed: 2
Retired: 2
General characteristics
Type: Ammunition ship
  • 9,758 long tons (9,915 t) light
  • 15,688 long tons (15,940 t) full
Length: 512 ft (156 m)
Beam: 72 ft (22 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m)
  • 2 × boilers
  • Steam turbines
  • Single shaft
  • 16,000 shp (11,931 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 344
Armament: 4 × twin 3"/50 caliber guns
Aviation facilities: Helicopter landing pad

The Suribachi-class ammunition ships are a class of two auxiliary vessels of the United States Navy. They were among the first specialized underway replenishment ships built after the Second World War. The Nitro-class ammunition ships are sometimes considered part of this class.

Mauna Kea was used for target practice in 2006, and Suribachi was scrapped in the summer of 2009.


Ship Name Hull No. Builder Commission–
Fate Link
Suribachi AE-21 Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard 1956–1994 Sold for scrapping, 2009 [1]
Mauna Kea AE-22 Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyard 1957–1995 Sunk as target during RIMPAC, 12 July 2006 [2]