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USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - Hotel - Uniform
NMHU
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Citrus (F)oxtrot - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5-Taiwan Straits, 4-Quemoy-Matsu, 6-Vietnam, 1-Persian Gulf)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (12) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (12) - Vietnam Campaign Medal


Suribachi Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 May 1955, at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Inc, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 3 May 1956
  • Commissioned, USS Mauna Kea (AD-22), 30 March 1957, CAPT. Kenneth Loveland, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Mauna Kea participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 January to 8 February 1967
    18 February to 17 March 1967
    30 March to 13 April 1967
    29 April to 18 May 1967
    24 to 31 May1967
    Summer-Fall 1969
    14 June to 9 July 1969
    30 July to 18 August 1969
    29 August to 18 September 1969
    1 to 21 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 17 June 1967
    1 to 19 July 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    24 to 30 June 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    15 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 7 July 1970
    18 July to 9 August 1970
    25 August to 3 September 1970
    27 September to 18 October 1970
    2 to 14 November 1970
    20 November to 2 December 1970
    15 to 31 December 1970
    9 to 13 January 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April 1968
    10 to 24 April 1968
    16 to 28 June 1968
    Consolidation I
    19 August to 3 September 1971
    12 to 21 September 1971
    13 to 18 October 1971
    29 October to 8 November 1971
    15 to 26 November 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    7 to 17 July 1968
    27 July to 6 August 1968
    17 to 28 August 1968
    7 to 15 and 25 to 26 September 1968
    Consolidation II
    15 to 23 December 1971
    2 to 13 January 1972
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    11 to 27 April 1969
    4 to 15 May 1969
    24 May to 5 June 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    23 August to 4 September 1972
    11 to 24 September 1972
    8 to 22 October 1972
    10 to 14 November 1972
    1 to 22 December 1972
    27 December 1972
    1 to 25 January 1973

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1995
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1996
  • Title transferred to MARAD, 18 December 1998 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, disposed as targets during RIMPAC 2006, sunk 12 July 2006
  • USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) earned twelve campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,286 t.(lt) 15,728 t.(fl)
    Length 511'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 324
    Armament four twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion
    one geared turbine
    two boilers, steam turbines
    single propeller, 16,000shp

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    Mauna Kea 75k Broadside view of USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 18 September 1957. Mauna Kea was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 17 August to 11 October 1957.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 36704-9-57, 9/18/57.
    Darryl Baker
    Mauna Kea 24k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown. USS Rainier (AE-5) web site
    Mauna Kea 68k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Mauna Kea 120k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1960.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Mauna Kea 925k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) change of command, 27 July 1962 at NAD, Concord, CA. CAPT. Joseph E. Hoker (left) was relieved by CAPT. James S. Elkins (right).
    US navy photo from the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Mauna Kea 711k Stern view of USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) with USS Knox (DD-742) alongside. Photo was taken from USS Ranger (CVA-61) sometime during Ranger's 1962-'63 WestPac cruise. John Slaughter, Webmaster, USS Ranger History & Memorial Site
    Mauna Kea 99k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Mauna Kea 122k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Mauna Kea 62k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski and Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mauna Kea 78k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) tied to a mooring buoy in 1965, location unknown.
    Photo from the 1968-69 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships", courtesy Hajime Fukaya.
    Robert Hurst
    Mauna Kea 99k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Mauna Kea 223k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) conducting a replenishment at sea with USS Blandy (DD-943) in 1970, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mauna Kea 155k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) moored pierside, circa 1970, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mauna Kea 2487k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown. Wolfgang Hechler
    Mauna Kea 123k Aerial view of USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) underway, 15 October 1983, location unknown.
    Defenseimagery photo # DN-SC-85-07286, a US Navy photo by PH3 Tony Yebba, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Mauna Kea 195k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) preparing to drop anchor off Singapore, 28 August 1992.
    Photo by Simon Olsen.
    Chris Howell, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Mauna Kea 204k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) under way, date and location unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret
    Mauna Kea 63k USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) conducting an underway replenishment, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret
    Pyro 228k Decommissioned ex-USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) (left) and ex-USS Pyro (AE-24) (right) moored pierside at Mare Island, 22 November 2001. Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Mauna Kea, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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