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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS White Plains (AFS-4)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Lima - India
NOLI
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
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) -Navy Expeditionary Medal (5-Iran/Indian Ocean)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op Frequent Wind, 1-Op Sharpe Edge, Liberia) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Services Medal (1-Typhoon Pamela, 4-Boat People, 1 Rescue of M/V Lica crew) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Mars Class Combat Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 October 1965, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 27 July 1966
  • Commissioned, USS White Plains (AFS-4), 23 November 1968, CAPT. Thomas B. Brenner USN, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS White Plains participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    23 September to 7 October 1969
    30 to 31 October 1969
    Consolidation II
    11 to 17 December 1971
    20 to 21 December 1971
    1 to 7 January 1972
    30 January to 5 February 1972
    7 to 9 February 1972
    14 to 15 February 1972
    23 February to 4 March 1972
    9 to 12 March 1972
    21 to 29 March 1972
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 13 November 1969
    24 December 1969 to 28 February 1970
    Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
    30 to 31 March 1972
    12 to 20 April 1972
    30 April to 11 May 1972
    20 to 29 May 1972
    8 to 17 June 1972
    19 to 28 January 1973
    4 to 12 February 1973
    19 to 23 February 1973
    24 to 28 March 1973
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    30 July to 12 August 1970
    29 August to 9 September 1970
    15 to 17 September 1970
    24 September to 6 October 1970
    22 October to 3 November 1970
    15 to 25 November 1970
     

  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1995
  • Laid up in at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 August 1995
  • Final Disposition, disposed as a target, Disposition, sunk during RIMPAC 2002. 8 July 2002, Location: 022 55' 00.9" North, 160 10' 00.3" West, Depth: 2570 fathoms
  • USS White Plains earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,200 t.(lt) 15,900-18,663 t.(fl)
    Length 581'
    Beam 79'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Complement 486
    Speed 20 kts.
    Aircraft two UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
    Armament two twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion
    three 580psi Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    one De Laval Turbine
    single shaft
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    Mispillion 123k USS White Plains (AFS-4) is in the far distance of this photo of USS Mispillion (AO-105) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Anchorage (LSD-36), circa 1973. Derick Hartshorn, courtesy Del Loewe
    White Plains 61k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway during a VERTREP with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. A USS White Plains UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter ascends after unloading supplies on Mount Vernon's helicopter pad. Photo by M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    White Plains 59k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway during a VERTREP with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. Photo by M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    White Plains 83k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway during a VERTREP with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. Photo by M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    White Plains 108k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway during a VERTREP with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. Photo by M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    White Plains 30k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    White Plains 70k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway in the Indian Ocean, 15 March 1980.
    Department of Defense Visual Imaging Center photo
    Fred Weiss
    White Plains 114k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    White Plains 87k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Tom Langford
    White Plains 103k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway with a Boeing-Vertol UH-46D Sea Knight of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3 on the flight deck aft, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Weehawken 1276k Weehawken (YTB-776) foreground and another tug maneuvers USS White Planes (AFS-4) back toward the water after she ran aground at Polaris Point, Apra Harbor, 30 August 1992. USS White Plains dragged her anchor across Apra Harbor and ran aground after heavy winds broke the vessel free from her moorings when Typhoon Omar passed through the area on August 28th.
    DVIC photo # DN-SN-93-00088 a US Navy photo by PH2 John Gay, USN, now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    White Plains 97k USS White Plains (AFS-4) moored pierside at Naval Station Guam, date unknown. The floating drydock is unidentified. Tommy Trampp


    For more photos and information about USS White Plains, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS White Plains AFS-4 Association
  • Navy Fact File - Combat Stores Ships - T-AFS
  • Commanding Officers

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

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