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USNS Flint (T-AE-32)
USS Flint (AE-32) (1971 - 1995)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Papa - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (3) - Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Op. Frequent Wind, Persian Gulf) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (New Life/New Arrival, Frequent Wind) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Kilauea Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 August 1969, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems Inc., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 9 November 1970
  • Commissioned, USS Flint (AE-32), 20 November 1971
  • During the Vietnam War USS Flint (AE-32) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
    4 to 16 November 1972
    1 January 1973

  • Decommissioned, 4 August 1995, and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Flint (T-AE-32)
  • USNS Flint is was assigned to the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force, (PM1); MSC Far East Area Command
  • Deactivated by MSC, 8 November 2013, towed to Beaumont, TX. for transfer to the Maritime Administration
    Displacement 9,340 t.(lt) 19,940 t.(fl)
    Length 564'
    Beam 81'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 20 kts.
    MSC 125 -133 Civilian Mariners
    Naval Detachment 30
    Cargo Capacity 60,000 cu ft 6,000DWT
    USS - four twin 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    USNS - none
    Aircraft two MH60S Seahawk helicopters
    one General Electric turbine
    three Foster-Wheeler 600psi boilers
    single six blade fixed propeller, 22,000shp

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    USS Flint (AE-32)
    Flint 113k Flint (AE-32) ready for launching, 9 November 1970, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems Inc., Pascagoula, MS. Tommy Trampp
    Flint 51k USS Flint (AE-32) under way, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Flint 43k USS Flint (AE-32) under way, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Flint 69k USS Flint (AE-32) helo platform with one of her UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters on deck. Note: The bombs lining the helo platform. J. Bryan Kramer USS Flint (AE-32)
    Flint 82k USS Flint (AE-32) under way as viewed from USS Chicago (CG-11) date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Flint 2651k USS Flint (AE-32) under way location unknown. US Navy photo dated 12 October 1975, courtesy of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Darryl Baker
    Flint 74k USS Flint (AE-32) alongside USS Independence (CV-62) with Carrier Air Wing Fourteen (CVW-14) attached, circa either 1990 Desert Shield or 1991 when Independence changed homeport to Japan.
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-SC-92-08702 a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Flint 1087k Photo of USS Flint (AE-32), date and location unknown. Autographed by CAPT. George L. Skirm, her tenth Commanding Officer. Wolfgang Hechler
    USNS Flint (T-AE-32)
    Flint 130k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) being assisted in to her berth, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Military Sealift Command web site
    Flint 54k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Flint 300k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Flint 22k An A-6E from Attack Squadron Thirty-Four (VA-34) being ferried aboard USS Flint (T-AE-32), circa 1996. Bill Stevens
    Shasta 706k USNS Shasta (T-AE-33) left, USNS Flint (T-AE-32), center, and USNS Kiska (T-AE-35) steaming together in the Sea of Japan, 11 November 2005, following a crossdeck evolution that moved approximately 1,500 pallets of ordnance between the ships, while operating as part of Task Force Seven Three (TF-73) the Fleet's logistics task force.
    US Department of Defense photo # 051111-D-1511B-001 Sea of Japan (Nov. 11, 2005) by Byron D. Boyer.
    US Navy Newsstand
    Flint 657k An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter transports supplies from USNS Flint (T-AE-32) to the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) during a vertical replenishment. Kitty Hawk and embarked Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) while conducting operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, 29 November 2005.
    US Navy photo # 051129-N-6106R-079 by PHAN Stephen W. Rowe.
    Robert Hurst
    Flint 235k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) receives ammunition via sliding pad eye and helicopter from USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during a vertical and connected replenishment and ammunition offload. The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is under way on a surge deployment in support of U.S. military operations in the Western Pacific Ocean..
    US Navy photo # 070406-N-2959L-375 (6 April 2007) by MC2 Dominique M. Lasco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Flint 342k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) under way with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group in support of operations in the South China Sea. The SH-60 Black Hawk helicopter clearing the deck of Flint belongs to Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Four (HS-4) "Black Knights".
    US Navy photo # 070406-N-HX866-009 (6 April 2007) by MCC Spike Call.
    Robert Hurst
    Flint 83k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) arrives at Naval Station Everett after completing a deployment to the 7th Fleet in support of three Carrier Strike Groups.
    US Navy photo # 070502-N-7431W-001 EVERETT, Wash. (May 2, 2007) by IT3 Sabrina Wade-Brent.
    Lee Wahler
    Flint 351k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) steams alongside the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) during an ordnance on-load., 9 January 2008.
    US Navy photo # 080109-N-0555B-004 Pacific Ocean January 9, 2008 by MC2 Christopher D. Blachly.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Alan Shepard 449k USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE-3), USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE-7), and USNS Flint (T-AE-32) (in foreground) were in the same vicinity and had an opportunity to sail in close formation.
    US Navy MSC photo courtesy of contracted Puma helicopter crew.
    Lee Wahler
    Alan Shepard 93k USNS Flint (T-AE-32) moored pierside at Mina Salam, Bahrain, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    For more photos and information about USS / USNS Flint, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bush, Philip Roderick 20 November 1971 - 15 December 1972
    02CAPT. Rogers Jr., Thomas Stevenson15 December 1972 - 24 November 1973
    03CDR. Ferguson, John Kirk24 November 1973 - 19 September 1975
    04CDR. Witherspoon, Emanuel Earl19 September 1975 - 21 October 1977
    05CDR. Bailey, Ian W. 2 October 1977 - 14 December 1979
    06CDR. Hillis, Robert J.14 December 1979 - 5 February 1982
    07CDR. Freibert, Ralph William5 February 1982 - 9 April 1984
    08CDR. Kreiger, David H.9 April 1984 - 24 June 1986
    09CDR. Slaght, Kenneth Duncan, USN (USNA 1970) :RADM24 June 1986 - 3 October 1988
    10CDR. Skirm III, George Louis, USN (USNA 1971)3 October 1988 - 25 January 1991
    11CDR. Thomson, Alan Douglas, USN (USNA 1972)25 January 1991 - 4 December 1992
    12CDR. Sharrett, Patrick J.4 December 1992 - 3 December 1993
    13CDR. Deasaro, Louis Peter, USN (USNA 1974)3 December 1993 - 10 January 1994
    14CDR. MacIntyre, John Malcolm10 January 1994 - 1 July 1994
    15CAPT. LaFleur, Timothy William :VADM01 July 1994 - 15 August 1994
    16CDR. MacIntyre, John Malcolm15 August 1994 - 4 August 1995
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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