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USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34)
USS Mount Baker (AE-34) (1972 - 1996)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Hotel - November
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 Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon, Libya, Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon)
Third Row -Southwest Asia Service Medal - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal (2)

Kilauea Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 October 1970, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Division, Litton Systems Inc., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 23 October 1971
  • Commissioned, USS Mount Baker (AE-34), 22 July 1972
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1996
  • Placed in service the same day with MSC as USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34), assigned to the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (PM1), MSC Europe
  • Deactivation and struck from the Naval Register, 2 August 2010, to be expended as a fleet target (Navy
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 August 2012, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX.
    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 6,000DWT
    60,000 cu ft
    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 Mount Baker (AE-34)
    Mount Baker 85k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Baker 50k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) pierside, Naval Station Rota, Spain, date unknown. Photo by Manolo Budiņo
    Mount Baker 210k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) at anchor, possibly off Guantanamo Bay Cuba, January 1976 Palmer Ollif
    Mount Baker 161k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) at anchor in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1976. Jeff Padell
    Mount Baker 74k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) during a training exercise with USS Nimitz (CVN-68) off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1975-1977.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Baker 122k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine March 1980
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Mount Baker 36k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Mount Baker 370k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) under way, circa 1975, location unknown.
    Photo ©Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA. Available on line at Atlantic Fleet Sales web site
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Baker 422k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) under way. The destroyer tender USS Yosemite (AD-19) and the fleet oiler USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98) are in the background, 12 March 1988.
    US Navy photo.
    Mount Baker 290k The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG-52) operates in the Western Atlantic, as a CH-46 Sea Knight from the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) takes off from USS Mount Baker (AE-34). Both vessels are part of USS George Washington Battle Group, under the command of RADM Henry Giffen, currently enroute to the Mediterranean Sea for a scheduled six-month deployment. While there, they will patrol the waters of the Adriatic Sea in support of the NATO peace keeping mission Operation Joint Endeavor.
    US Navy photo # 960129-N-7340V-004 ATLANTIC OCEAN (January 29, 1996) by PH1 James Vidrine.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Baker 42k USS Mount Baker (AE-34) a anchor in a Mediterranean port, date and location unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34)
    Mount Baker 1467k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) pulls alongside USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as the aircraft carrier readies for her return to her homeport, Norfolk, VA. Roosevelt and her carrier air wing are nearing the end of an extended deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom..
    US Navy photo # 020323-N-6895M-002 At sea aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Mar. 23, 2002 by PH3 James K. McNeil.
    Navy Newsstand
    Mount Baker 201k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) arrives for a routine port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, 17 March 2004. Mount Baker is one of Military Sealift Command's six Ammunition Ships and is part of the 36 ships in the Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force (NFAF). These ships perform underway replenishment services for Navy battle groups and deliver food, fuel, spare parts and ammunition.
    US Navy photo # 040317-N-0780027 by Paul Farley from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Baker 130k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) is assisted by tugs as she arrives for a routine port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, 17 March 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040317-N-0780F-024 by Paul Farley
    US Navy NewsStand
    Mount Baker 492k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) is assisted by tugs as she arrives for a routine port visit at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, 17 March 2004.
    US Navy photo # 040317-N-0780F-015 Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (Mar. 17, 2004 by Paul Farley
    US Navy NewsStand
    Mount Baker 296k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) drydocked at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA. for repairs, 22 November 2004. Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman Newport News Bill Gonyo
    Lewis and Clark 3360k An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 conducts a vertical replenishment from USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34), (left) while USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1) (center), prepares to conduct a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with Mount Baker and (right) the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in the Atlantic Ocean, 17 Dece3mber 2006.
    US Navy photo # 061217-N-9708H-028 Atlantic Ocean (Dec.17 2006) by MCSN Zach Hernandez.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Baker 1577k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) delivers ammunition to the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), 8 December 2007, during a vertical replenishment at sea while under way in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 071208-N-7127A-009 by AN Daniel Arzipe
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mount Baker 175k USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) moored pierside at BAE Systems Ship Repair Yard, Norfolk, VA., 12 July 2008.
    Photo by William Grimes
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Baker 99k Ex-USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) under tow by USNS Apache (T-ATF 172), 29 July 2010, bound for Philadelphia to be stripped of all useable material before being sunk as a target.
    Detyens Shipyards photo
    Ron Reeves
    Mount Baker 54k Ex-USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) moored pierside at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. while being prepared as a target, 10 December 2010. Ron Reeves

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    Mount Baker
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    Mount Baker
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

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

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Conlon, Frank Stevenson22 July 1972 - 22 August 1973
    02CDR. Coulbourn, Samuel William22 August 1973 - 5 August 1974
    03CDR. Preston, Craig Andrew5 August 1974 - 23 October1976
    04CDR. Wellborn, Raymond Burke23 October 1976 - 5 January 1979
    05CDR. Bonds, John Bledsoe5 January 1979 - 20 January 1981
    06CDR. Tolbert, James Kirkland, USN (USNA 1964)20 January 1981 - 18 January 1983
    07CDR. Hetherington, Donald Leroy USNR18 January 1983 - 14 June 1985
    08CDR. Holl, Stephen Trygue14 June 1985 - 10 February 1988
    09CDR. Keane Jr., Joseph P.10 February 1988 - 1 September 1989
    10CDR. Worley, Michael Jesse1 September 1989 - 7 November 1989
    11CDR. Neihart Jr., Charles William7 November 1989 - 8 December 1991
    12CDR. Burnette, David Parker8 December 1991 - 16 November 1993
    13CDR. Loewer, Deborah Ann :RADM16 November 1993 - 27 July 1995
    14CDR. Lewandowski, Linda M.27 July 1995 - 18 December 1996
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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