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USS White Plains (AFS-4)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Lima - India
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 (Iran/Indian Ocean)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Op Frequent Wind, Op Sharpe Edge, Liberia) - Vietnam Service Medal (5)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Services Medal (Typhoon Pamela, Boat People, 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
  • USS White Plains earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • 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
    Displacement 9,200 t.(lt) 17,500 t.(fl)
    Length 581'
    Beam 79'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 485
    Aircraft two UH-46 Sea Knight helicopters
    (As Built)
    four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two Close In Weapons Systems (CIWS)
    four .50 cal. machine guns
    one De Laval turbine
    three Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 580psi
    single propeller

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    White Plains
    326k White Plains (AFS-4) fitting out at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, circa 1967. Note the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD-5) underway in the background.
    U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Identifier 6928653, U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo 19-NN-AFS-4 White Plains-17458.
    Robert Hurst
    White Plains 69k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway in 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    White Plains 261k USS White Plains (AFS-4) during an underway Vertrep (vertical replenishment) with USS Anchorage (LSD-36), circa 1971-72, location unknown. Photos by Joe O’Loughlin, USS Anchorage, 11/23/70 to 4/6/72; Electronics Material Officer & CIC Officer
    White Plains 178k
    White Plains 146k USS White Plains (AFS-4) during an underway Vertrep (vertical) replenishment with USS Oriskany (CVA-34), circa 1972-73, WestPac. Photo by Joe Martens, contributed by Bob Canchola
    White Plains
    114k USS White Plains (AFS-4) replenishes the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14), not visible, and a Knox-class frigate (barely visible behind White Plains). Ticonderoga, with assigned Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 53 (CVSG-53), was deployed to the Western Pacific from 17 May to 29 July 1972.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14) 1972 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    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) under way 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) under way 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) under way 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) under way 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) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    White Plains
    92k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 1 May 1974. Photo was taken from the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63).
    Photo by DonTaylor50. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
    Robert Hurst
    White Plains
    112k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway, circa in the late 1970s or early 1980s, after she was fitted with TACAN URN-25 but before the addition of Phalanx CIWS.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    White Plains
    79k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway at sea, in 1979. A Knox-class frigate is visible in the background.
    Marion Doss. From USS Midway (CV-41) 1979 Cruise Book
    Robert Hurst
    White Plains 70k USS White Plains (AFS-4) under way in the Indian Ocean, 15 March 1980.
    Department of Defense Visual Imaging Center photo
    Fred Weiss
    White Plains
    224k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway off Guam, 11 April 1984.
    U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # L45-305.06.01 by PH3 Slaughenhaupt
    Robert Hurst
    CV-41 Midway

    Crew members pose for a photo on the bow of USS Midway(CV-41), 16 December 1987, in the Arabian Sea. The photo was taken during the carrier's deployment to the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean, 15 October 1987–12 April 1988. Various aircraft of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 are visible on deck.

    Ships in the battle group pictured are, left to right the ammunition ship USS Kilauea (T-AE-26), USS Midway (CVA-41), the combat stores ship USS White Plains (AFS-4), the fleet oiler USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105), and the frigate USS Knox (FF-1052).

    Photo by PH3 William Holck, USN. US Defense Imagery photo VIRIN: DN-ST-88-02563

    Bob Canchola, BT, USS Oriskany 1971–73
    White Plains 114k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    White Plains
    222k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway off San Diego, CA., date unknown.
    ©George Barber
    Nicholas Tiberio
    White Plains
    159k USS White Plains (AFS-4) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    White Plains 87k USS White Plains (AFS-4) under way, date and location unknown. Tom Langford
    White Plains 103k USS White Plains (AFS-4) under way 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
    White Plains 33k USS White Plains (AFS-4) ship's plaque. Tommy Trampp

    For more photos and information about USS White Plains, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

  • Commanding Officer s
    01CAPT. Brenner, Thomas Bachelder, USN (USNA 1947)23 November 1968 - 10 December 1969
    02CAPT. Gormley, Robert Hugh :RADM10 December 1969 - 28 July 1971
    03CAPT. Barker, Raymond H.28 July 1971 - 10 October 1972
    04CAPT. Schulte, Richard Joseph10 October 1972 - 15 August 1973
    05CAPT. Chambers, Leon15 August 1973 - 13 January 1975
    06CAPT. Arnold, John Elwin, USN13 January 1975 - 13 January 1977
    07CAPT. Johnson, Philip Edwin13 January 1977 - 11 May 1978
    08CAPT. Owens, Robert Spencer (Rupe) :RADM11 May 1978 - 1 September 1979
    09CAPT. Munsey, Malcolm Harvey1 September 1979 - 1 October 1981
    10CAPT. Kerr, Daryl Lee1 October 1981 - 1 April 1983
    11CAPT. Carlsen, Kenneth Leroy :RADM1 April 1983 - 10 August 1984
    12CAPT. Newman, William Edward, USN (USNA 1961) :RADM10 August 1984 - November 1985
    13LCDR. Whitaker, Charles Edmund, USN (USNA 1970)November 1985 - 27 December 1985
    14CAPT. McWhinney, John Loren27 December 1985 - 26 February 1988
    15CAPT. Tracy, Robert Nottingham26 February 1988 - 31 August 1989
    16CAPT. Patton, Bernard W.31 August 1989 - 30 August 1991
    17CAPT. Weber, Robin Yank30 August 1991 - June 1993
    18CAPT. Lang, Thomas C.June 1993 - 17 April 1995
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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