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USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145)
USS Hassayampa (AO-145) (1955 - 1978)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Golf - Alpha
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Cashmere (D)elta - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy-Matsu, Taiwan Straits, Laos, Vietnam, Korea)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (14) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2) - Humanitarian Service Medal (Boat People)
Sixth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Neosho Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 13 July 1953, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 12 September 1954
  • Commissioned USS Hassayampa (AO-145), 19 April 1955, CAPT. William V. McKaig, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Hassayampa (AO-145) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    5 to 13 August 1964
    2 to 11 August and 17 to 29 August 1964
    5 to 23 May 1965
    26 May to 5 June 1965
    17 to 30 June 1965
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    12 to 18 March 1969
    25 March to 3 April 1969
    8 to 17 April 1969
    Vietnam Defense
    10 to 20 and 26 to 29 July 1965
    16 to 25 August 1965
    2 to 11 September 1965
    20 September to 3 October 1965
    18 October to 1 November 1965
    12 to 24 November 1965
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    11 to 26 January 1970
    3 to 15 February 1970
    22 February to 9 March 1970
    24 March to 7 April 1970
    12 to 15 and 28 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    28 to 30 June 1966
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 3, 7 to 16 and 24 to 27 May 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 5 and 14 to 23 July 1966
    31 July to 6 August 1966
    17 to 22 August 1966
    4 to 10 September 1966
    23 September to 2 October 1966
    18 to 22 October 1966
    30 October to 13 November 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI!
    9 to 15 and 22 to 24 March 1971
    30 March to 3 April 1971
    16 to 30 April 1971
    9 to 13 May 1971
    28 May to 5 June 1971
    11 to 27 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    19 to 26 October 1967
    1 to 7 November 1967
    13 to 20 and 28 to 29 January 1968
    Consolidation I
    10 to 15 July 1971
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 6 February 1968
    15 to 25 February 1968
    7 to 17 March 1968
    23 March to 1 April 1968
    Consolidation II
    13 to 19 March 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 6 April 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    30 March to 14 June 1972
    20 June 1972
    22 June to 1 July 1972
    8 to 15 July 1972
    26 July to 9 August 1972
    19 to 22 August 1972
    30 August to 5 September 1972
    20 to 26 September 1972
    5 to 11, 18, 27 to 31 October 1972
    17 to 23 November 1972
    7 to 18 December 1972
    29 December 1972 to 4 January 1973
    10 to 25 January 1973
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    20 November to 5 December 1968
    10 to 18 December 1968
    29 December to 2 January 1969
    8 to 14 January 1969
    25 January to 3 February 1969
    14 to 23 and 26 to 28 February 1969

  • Decommissioned, 17 November 1978 and placed in service with MSC as USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145)
  • Placed out of service, 2 October 1991
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 November 1994
  • USS Hassayampa (AO-145) earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with fourteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 May 1999, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, April 2014, to All Star Metals, Brownsville, TX.
  • Removed from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., 29 May 2014, for cleaning at Mare Island
  • Removed from Mare Island, 11 June 2014, for tow by M/V Simone to Brownsville, TX.
  • Arrived at All Star Metals, Brownsville, 26 July 2014
    Displacement 11,600 t.(lt), 38,000 t.(fl)
    Length 655'
    Beam 86'
    Draft 35'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 180,000 bbls
    USS - 324 Navy
    USNS 106 civilian mariners, 21 Navy
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two geared turbines
    two boilers
    two propellers, 28,000shp

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    USS Hassayampa (AO-145)
    Hassayampa 189k Hassayampa (AO-145), Christening by the ships sponsor, Mrs. Harry W. Pierce, and launching, 12 September 1954, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
    US National Archives
    Dale Hargrave
    Kawishiwi 34k USS Taluga (AO-62), bottom USS Kawishiwi (AO-146), center, and USS Hassayampa (AO-145) top, underway off the Philippines in 1957.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-1013403, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Hassayampa 198k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) underway in the Pacific Ocean, date unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Hassayampa 154k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) being approached by USS Gunston Hall (LSD(A)-5), on her starboard side to refuel while at anchor. Note that USS Tulare (LKA-112), stern visible, is already refueling from Hassayampa's port side, circa 1957-58, WESTPAC. Photo taken from Gunston Hall Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    Hassayampa 93k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) being approached by USS Gunston Hall (LSD(A)-5), on her starboard side to refuel while at anchor. Note the "Bravo" flag on the main-mast indicating Hassayampa is already refueling USS Tulare (LKA-112). The U.S. flag on the fore-mast is part of the full dress requirements for ships not underway during national holidays. The holiday is either Veteran's Day or Thanksgiving, 1957. Photo taken from Gunston Hall Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    Hassayampa 129k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) after refueling USS Gunston Hall (LSD-(A)-5) and USS Tulare (LKA-112) while at anchor. Note Tulare has already departed and the "Bravo" flag has been hauled down indicating refueling operations have been completed. This photo was taken from Gunston Hall as she pulled away from Hassayampa, Veteran's Day or Thanksgiving, 1957. Donald J. Wagner, SM3, USN USS Gunston Hall
    Hassayampa 75k Series of photos depicting USS Hassayampa (AO-145) transferring or receiving petroleum products from USS Taluga (AO-62) while underway in the South China Sea, circa 1958. Photos by Bob King DC3 USS Taluga Tommy Trampp
    Hassayampa 83k
    Hassayampa 77k
    Hassayampa 91k
    Hassayampa 84k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) underway with USS Glover AGDE-1, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tom Langford
    Hassayampa 312k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) refuels the Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) and the destroyer USS Philip (DD-498), in April-May 1962.
    US Navy All Hands magazine November 1962
    Robert Hurst
    Hassayampa 87k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) refuels the Royal Australian Navy aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne (R21) and the destroyer USS Philip (DD-498), in April-May 1962. The view was taken through the periscope of the submarine USS Catfish (SS-339).
    US Navy photo from the USS Bennington (CVS-20) 1962 cruise book.
    Robert Hurst
    Hassayampa 40k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) alongside USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) while conducting an underway replenishment in WestPac, circa 3 January to 15 July 1963 Sal Vacca, AE2, VAW-11 Detachment Bravo, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
    Hassayampa 394k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) under way in the channel at Pearl Harbor, HI., date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hassayampa 127k USS Hassayampa (AO-145), at Pearl Harbor, HI, 12 February 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Hassayampa 172k HMAS Perth (D38) executes a hard turn to starboard at speed, disengaging from a replenishment while the USS Hassayampa (AO-145) is still busy with the heavy cruiser USS Newport News (CA-148) on her port side. Yu Chu courtesy Tom Strasser
    Tanner 66k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) seen here with USS Tanner (AGS-15),
    Pearl Harbor, May 1968
    ©Richard Leonhardt
    Hassayampa 51k USS Hassayampa (AO-145), at Pearl Harbor, HI, 1968 © Richard Leonhardt
    Hassayampa 267k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) replenishing USS Constellation (CVA-64) and USS Coontz (DLG-9) during a WestPac deployment in 1968. Photos taken from USS Jenkins (DD-447). Stan Underhill SMSN USN USS Jenkins
    Hassayampa 248k
    Hassayampa 108k USS Hassayampa (AO-145), the Fast Combat Support Ship USS Camden (AOE-2) and the Stores Ship USS Pictor (AF-54)
    conducting an replenishment at sea, circa 1969, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    212k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) refueling USS Hornet (CVS-12), while part of the Apollo 12 recovery fleet, 23 November, 1969.
    US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo # 1996.488.245.042
    091914526-Mike Green
    NS-ha-037-Bob Canchola

    Hassayampa 327k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) refueling USS Newell (DER-322). Newell was serving as unit of Operation Market Time off the coast of South Vietnam. The photo was presented to Senator Barry Goldwater (R) of Arizona by the commanding officer of USS Hassayampa, CAPT. James E. Edmundson USN. circa 1970-72. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hassayampa 313k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) refueling USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) and a Knox-class frigate. Ticonderoga, with assigned Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 53 (CVSG-53), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 17 May to 29 July 1972.
    US Navy photo from the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) 1972 cruise book.
    Robert Hurst
    1374k Overhead view of USS Hassayampa (AO-145) refueling USS Enterprise (CVN-65) , Pacific Ocean 30 March 1973.
    US Naval National Museum of Naval Aviation No. 1956-488.124.018
    Bob Canchola
    Hassayampa 32k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo taken from USS Jouett (CG-29).
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hassayampa 59k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) attempting to refuel USS Preble (DDG-46) in heavy seas, February 1976
    US Navy Photo
    Dennis Stephenson, SMC USN Ret
    Hassayampa 67k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) moored outboard of USS Long Beach (CGN-9) at Naval Station Subic Bay P.I., May 1978 Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Hassayampa 80k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) underway approaching Naval Station Subic Bay P.I., May 1978 Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Hassayampa 69k USS Hassayampa (AO-145) underway, circa May 1978, location unknown. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145)
    Rigel 371k USNS Rigel (T-AF-58) moored at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I., 28 August 1981. Other ships include the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Bainbridge (CGN-25) in the foreground. At left are USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145), the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett (CG-31), the guided missile destroyer USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7) and the guided missile cruiser USS William H. Standley (CG-32).
    US National Archive # NN33300514 2005-06-30 a US Navy photo by PHC Larry Foster.
    Robert Hurst
    Hassayampa 72k USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) underway, date and location unknown
    DOD photo # [DNST9106862]
    Hassayampa 71k USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) underway, date and location unknown
    DOD photo # [DNST9106863] a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense
    CV-61 Ranger 103k USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) refueling USS Shasta (AE-33) to starboard and USS Ranger (CV-61) to port.
    Photo from Ranger's 1987 Cruise Book (14 July–30 December).

    John Slaughter, Webmaster USS Ranger History & Memorial site
    Hassayampa 3141k An aerial view of a portion of Naval Station Subic Bay, showing some of the damage caused by the volcanic ash that fell following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) is moored at the pier along with USS Haleakala (AE-25) and RPS Ardres Benifacto (PF-7) (Ex-USS Chincoteague (AVP-24)).
    DOD photo # DN-SC-92-01468 SUBIC BAY, Philippines (23 September 1991) a US Navy photo by PH1 Yedda, now in the collections of Defense
    Maritime Administration (MARAD)
    Hassayampa 141k Ex-USNS Hassayampa (T-AO-145) under tow as a "dead" ship in San Francisco Bay, 13 June 2014, while being towed from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet to Brownsville, TX. for scrapping. Photos by CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG (Ret.)
    Hassayampa 243k
    Hassayampa 197k
    Hassayampa 205k

    For more photos and information about USS / USNR Hassayampa, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel Histroy Database
  • USS Hassayampa (AO-145)
  • Cold War Neosho Class Oilers

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. McKaig, William Vaughn19 April 1955 - 6 October 1956
    02CAPT. Pressey, George Washington, USN (USNA 1932) :RADM6 Ocober1956 - 29 September 1957
    03CAPT. West, Kenneth29 September 1957 - 1 August 1958
    04CAPT. Clarey, Bernard Ambrose (Chick), USN (USNA 1934) :ADM1 August 1958 - 20 October 1958
    05CAPT. Maurer, John Howard, USN (USNA 1935) :RADM20 October 1958 - 10 October 1959
    06CAPT. Morse, John Frye :RADM10 October 1959 - 24 September 1960
    07CAPT. Church Jr., Albert Thomas, USN (USNA 1938)24 September 1960 - 23 September 1961
    08CAPT. Norton, Gerald Sanford23 September 1961 - 16 October 1962
    09CAPT. Walley, Marion C.16 October 1962 - 17 August 1963
    10CAPT. Gordon, Archer Robert17 August 1963 - 30 September 1964
    11CAPT. McCormick, James Bradford 30 September 1964 - 8 September 1965
    12CAPT. Coulter, William Guy8 September 1965 - 4 October 1966
    13CAPT. Harrelson, George David4 October 1966 - 30 March 1968
    14CAPT. Lake, Julian Strong, USN (USNA 1935) :VADM30 March 1968 - June 1969
    15CAPT. Waits, Jack ElwoodJune 1969 - 7 October 1970
    16CAPT. Edmundson, James Edward, USN (USNA 1949)7 October 1970 - 12 April 1972
    17CAPT. McGuire, Orville Wendell, USN12 April 1972 - 28 December 1972
    18CDR. Olds, Robert Bernard28 December 1972 - 6 July 1974
    19CAPT. Goulds, Ralph John6 July 1974 - 7 July 1976
    20CAPT. Chatham, Walter Lewis, USN :RADM7 July 1976 - 7 January 1978
    21CAPT. Box Jr., Roger Elden, USN (USNA 1956) :RADM7 January 1978 - 17 November 1978
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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