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USS Camden (AOE-2)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Sierra - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Battle "E: Ribbon (3)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Iran Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Bosnia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Korea, Op. Restore Hope Somalia, Persian Gulf, Quemoy-Matsu)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Sacramento Class Fast Combat Support Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 February 1961, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 29 May 1965
  • Commissioned USS Camden (AOE-2), 1 April 1967
    USS Camden and her sister USS Sacramento (AOE-1), are unique in that their propulsion systems were originally installed in
    the uncompleted sister to the two Iowa class battleships, Kentucky (BB-66). When it was decided to scrap
    Kentucky, the Navy split the propulsion system and installed it in USS Sacramento and USS Camden

  • During the Vietnam War USS Camden (AOE-2) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase V
    02 to 11 and 19 to 29 July 1968
    12 August to 25 August 1968
    2 to 18 and 21 to 23 September 1968
    5 to 30 October 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase VII
    21 September to 7 October 1970
    24 October to 8 November 1970
    21 November to 7 December 1970
    14 January to 9 February 1971
    19 February to 1 March 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase VI
    9 to 28 November 1968
    30 December 1968 to 18 January 1969
    28 January to 14 February 1969
    Consolidation II
    26 February to 8 March 1972
    17 March 29 March 1972
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    14 September to 4 October 1969
    16 to 31 October 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
    30 March to 3 April 1972
    10 April to 6 May 1972
    16 to 28 May 1972
    12 to 30 June 1972
    7 to 28 July 1972
    15 to 25 August 1972
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 2 November 1969
    17 November to 10 December 1969
    13 to 25 January 1970
    1 and 8 to 9 February 1970
    14 February to 2 March 1970

  • Decommissioned, 29 September 2005, at Pier Delta at Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 September 2005
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 13 April 2007, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., scrapping completed, 13 May 2008
  • USS Camden earned seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 18,884 t.(lt) 49,956 t.(fl)
    Length 793'
    Beam 107'
    Draft 38' (max.)
    Speed 26 kts.
    Complement 24 Officers, 576 Enlisted
    Aircraft two CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters
    Armament NATO Sparrow missiles, two Phalanx CIWS
    Propulsion four boilers, two geared steam turbines, two shafts, 100,000shp

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    Camden 74k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way, date and location unknown,
    US Navy photo.
    Camden 359k USS Camden (AOE-2) departs after being alongside USS America (CVA-66) during a replenishment at sea in WESTPAC during 1968. Photo taken from USS England (DLG-22) John Spivey
    Camden 158k Line handlers on board USS Boston (CA-69) bring across a fuel hose from USS Camden (AOE-2) during underway replenishment operations in the Gulf of Tonkin, July 1968.
    US Navy photo # USN 1134232 by PH2 Gardner, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Camden 86k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way alongside the guided missile cruiser USS Chicago (CG-11) during the Vietnam war. The image shows Camden's refueling hose being hauled across to Chicago. Photo taken by Thewellman (name unknown). Robert Hurst
    Camden 153k USS Camden (AOE-2) en route to Vietnam, South China Sea Photo by William P Jones, MD
    Medical Officer USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)
    Camden 111k USS Camden (AOE-2) outbound to sea from San Diego, CA., date unknown Richard Miller3 BMCS USNR Ret.
    Camden 197k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Dennis Stephenson SMC USN Ret
    Camden 79k USS Camden (AOE-2) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Intrepid (CVS-11), WESTPAC, second half of 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    CVA-19 Hancock 77k

    A couple of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 21 involuntarily "transferred" from USS Hancock (CVA-19) to USS Camden (AOE-2) as a result of a collision in the Tonkin Gulf, 26 November 1968.

    See USS Hancock Oral History website for more details.

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    Bob Canchola, BT, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
    CVA-19 Hancock 82k
    Camden 111k USS Camden (AOE-2) conducting an underway replenishment with an unidentified destroyer and aircraft carrier, circa 1968, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Camden 568k USS Camden (AOE-2) alongside the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) while conducting an underway replenishment on Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam in December 1968. In addition to delivering food, fuel and cargo Camden also on this occasion delivered Martha Raye to Coral Sea for a USO Christmas Show. Hank Cenkner, former CTR2
    Hassayampa 108k Fleet Oiler USS Hassayampa (AO-145), 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.
    Camden 104k USS Camden (AOE-2), with USS Hollister (DD-788) alongside during Vertrep and refueling operations off the coast of South Vietnam in 1969. Photo taken from Iwo Jima (LPH-2) by H.R. Adams CSC USN Larry Lee
    Camden 63k USS Camden (AOE-2) at anchor at Subic Bay, P.I., in February 1969,
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Camden 3327k USS Camden (AOE-2) in the harbor at Wellington, New Zealand, 14 August 1979. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Camden 84k USS Camden (AOE-2) mooring at Pier 38 San Francisco Service Engineering Co., 2 October 1981 to begin an extensive overhaul. The overhaul was scheduled to be completed by Todd Shipbuilding, Oakland, CA. by November 1982. Tommy Trampp
    Camden 98k USS Camden (AOE-2), bows on view in port San Diego, at NAS North Island, circa February 1987. Photo taken from the USS Coronado (AGF-11). Lacy L Lee Jr, RM1 USN Ret
    Camden 95k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Camden 347k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Camden 94k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Camden 61k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way off the coast of California, 24 February 1989.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst
    Cook 188k USS Camden (AOE-2) with USS Cook (FF-1083) alongside, 1 June 1990, at Diego Garcia.
    US Navy photo DVID # DN-SC-93-01106
    CVN-70 Carl Vinson 387k

    An aerial view of Battle Group 94 under way near Australia, circa July 1994. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is shown with some of the accompanying ships of the Battle Group. Clockwise from the left: the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN-758), the nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN-41), the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE-2), the guided missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG-57), and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54).
    A US Navy photo by PH2 David Lloyd. Available from (# DN-SC-95-00476).

    Robert Hurst
    Camden 434k USS Camden (AOE-2) is assisted by tugs into the Port of Valdez, Alaska city terminal in support of the Alaskan Command exercise "Northern Edge 2002.
    US Air Force photo # 220424-F-5789F-001 PORT OF VALDEZ, (24 April 2002) by TSGT. Steve Faulisi, USAF
    Camden 61k USS Camden (AOE-2) moored pierside at NAS North Island, San Diego, CA., July 2004. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Camden 52k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way during a replenishment at sea with USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), 24 January 2005.
    US Navy photo # 050124-N-8623G-017 from the Navy NewsStand web site
    Jack Treutle
    Camden 30k USS Camden (AOE-2) holds her station as an unidentified DDG breaks away and USS Mustin (DDG-89) prepares to come alongside for replenishment at sea. Week of 13 February 2005. Photo by Ens. Brandon M. Booher USS Mustin, submitted by John VanGiesen USS Camden
    Camden 45k USS Camden (AOE-2) holds her course as USS Mustin (DDG-89) comes alongside for replenishment at sea. Week of 13 February 2005. Good close-up view of USS Camden's stern area. Photo by Ens. Brandon M. Booher USS Mustin, submitted by John VanGiesen USS Camden
    Camden 55k USS Camden (AOE-2) and USS Mustin (DDG-89) about to begin a replenishment at sea. Week of 13 February 2005. Photo by Ens. Brandon M. Booher USS Mustin, submitted by John VanGiesen USS Camden
    Camden 36k USS Camden (AOE-2)'s greeting to ships that come alongside for replenishment at sea. Week of 13 February 2005. Photo by Ens. Brandon M. Booher USS Mustin, submitted by John VanGiesen USS Camden
    Camden 125k USS Camden (AOE-2) separates from her position alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Philippine Sea, 17 February 2005. The AOE has the speed and armament to keep up with the Carrier Strike Groups and has the capability to carry more than 177,000 barrels of oil, 2,150 tons of ammunition, 500 tons of dry stores and 250 tons of refrigerated stores. Lincoln and embarked Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) are currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 050217-N-6074Y-108, by PH3 M. Jeremie Yoder.
    Robert Hurst
    Camden 129k USS Camden (AOE-2) transits through the Suez Canal, while operating with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group, deployed to the 6th Fleet area of operations (AOR), 8 July 2005. .
    US Navy photo # 050708-N-5275P-005 by PHAN Sherry Louise Peck.
    Jack Treutle
    Camden 62k USS Camden (AOE-2) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Camden 204k Ex-USS Camden (AOE-2) in the Panama Canal, 14 August 2007, while enroute to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., for scrapping. Photo by Capt. Peter, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
    Camden 218k Ex-USS Camden (AOE-2) in the Panama Canal, 14 August 2007, while enroute to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., for scrapping. Photo by Capt. Peter, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico
    Camden 222k Ex-USS Camden (AOE-2) moored at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., while being dismantled. Photo by Michael Martin, Brownsville, TX.
    Sacramento 1086k Ex-USS Camden (AOE-02) moored forward of ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-01) at ESCO Marine during scrapping operations. USS Camden (AOE-2) has a fire on board while being cut up by the scrappers torches. Photo by © Michael Martin, Brownsville, TX. TJ Tropea

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Camden (AOE-2) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Rozier, Charles Preston1 April 1967 - 29 April 1968
    02CAPT. Moorer Jr., Joseph Park (Joe) :VADM29 April 1968 - 15 May 1969
    03CAPT. Young, Randall Wayne15 May 1969 - 19 August 1970
    04CAPT. Russell, William Mason (Bill)19 August 1970 - 6 November 1971
    05CAPT. Stringfellow, Reid6 November 1971 - 30 March 1973
    06CAPT. Thomas, Richard Terry30 March 1973 - 7 November 1974
    07CAPT. Felt, Donald Linn :RADM7 November 1974 - 1 March 1976
    08CAPT. Campbell Jr., Donald Stiles1 March 1976 - 21 November 1977
    09CAPT. Grafius, Guy Albert Boyer, USN (55)21 November 1977 - 19 April 1980
    10CAPT. Taylor Jr., Robert Charles19 April 1980 - 10 August 1981
    11CAPT. Macke, Richard Chester :ADM10 August 1981 - 26 May 1983
    12CAPT. Waples, John Michael26 May 1983 - 31 October 1984
    13CAPT. Wilson, Richard Alexander :RADM31 October 1984 - 4 April 1986
    14CAPT. Wileen, Gordon Charles4 April 1986 - 7 April 1988
    15CAPT. Nelson, Barron Craig7 April 1988 - 5 July 1989
    16CAPT. Millis Jr., Archibald Ed5 July 1989 - 24 October 1989
    17CAPT. White, Douglas Alan, USN24 October 1989 - April 1991
    18CAPT. Sprigg, Robert Gary, USN (69) :RADMApril 1991 - 21 August 1992
    19CAPT. Kaczmarek, Michael Herbert, USN21 August 1992 - 20 March 1994
    20CAPT. Zimmerman, Kenneth Ron20 March 1994 - 20 October 1995
    21CAPT. Chanik Jr., Evan Marthy :VADM20 October 1995 - 30 May 1997
    22CAPT. Joyce, Maurice Stephen (Moe)30 May 1997 - 7 December 1998
    23CAPT. Loewer, Deborah Ann :RADM7 December 1998 - 14 July 2000
    24CAPT. Green, Johnny Lee (Turk)14 July 2000 - 3 December 2001
    25CAPT. Mobley, Arthur Scott3 December 2001 - 23 May 2003
    26CAPT. Carter Jr., Walter Edward (Ted) :RADM23 May 2003 - 14 October 2004
    27CAPT. Norton, Kenneth Joseph :RADM14 October 2004 - 14 October 2005
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    AE/AOE Sailors Association
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    Underway Replenishment with USS Constellation CV-64 during the 1985 Constellation Battle Group Western Pacific deployment
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