USS Kansas City (AOR-3)

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USS Kansas City (AOR-3)
Kansas City (AOR-3).jpg
Name: USS Kansas City
Awarded: 6 July 1966
Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts[1]
Laid down: 20 April 1968[1]
Launched: 28 June 1969[1]
Commissioned: 6 June 1970[1]
Decommissioned: 7 October 1994[2]
Struck: July 1997[2]
Honours and
Meritorious Unit Commendation and 3 campaign stars (Vietnam)
Fate: Broken up at All Star Metals Brownsville Texas 2013
General characteristics
Class and type: Wichita-class replenishment oiler
Displacement: 40,100 long tons (40,743 t) full
Length: 659 ft (201 m)
Beam: 96 ft (29 m)
Draft: 35 ft (11 m)
Propulsion: 3 × boilers, steam turbines, 2 × shafts, 32,000 shp (23,862 kW)
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Complement: 22 officers, 398 enlisted
Aircraft carried: 2 × CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters

USS Kansas City (AOR-3) was the third of the Wichita-class replenishment oilers. She was the second ship to be named for the city of Kansas City, Missouri.

The keel was laid on 18 April 1968 at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts, and the ship was launched on 1 June 1969. The ship was commissioned on 6 June 1970 and saw service in the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. Subsequently, the ship was decommissioned on 7 October 1994, and was stricken from the Navy List on 8 April 1997. In 2013 she was broken up at All Star Metals, Brownsville, Texas .[3]


Kansas City earned three battle stars and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for Vietnam service. The Navy Unit Citation Award Battle Group Echo Dessert Storm. The ship had a collision during Dessert Shield while outside the Persian Gulf with the USS Henry Hill (DD-986). The collision was due to the USS Henry Hill doing PME checks on its Main Control during UNREPS and lost power.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Prézelin and Baker 1990, p. 836.
  2. ^ a b Baker 1998, p. 1056.
  3. ^ "USS Kansas City (AOR 3)". Retrieved 2008-09-29. 
  4. ^ served on the KC 1988-92