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USS Seattle (AOE-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Bravo - November
Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Vine Street
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean, 2-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 2-Persian Gulf, 1-unknown)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Sacramento Class Fast Combat Support Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1965 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 1 March 1968
  • Commissioned USS Seattle (AOE-3), 5 April 1969, CAPT. Bruce Keener III USN in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 March 2005, at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 March 2005
  • Final Disposition, contract awarded for scrapping in September 2005 to ESCO Marine, Inc., Brownsville, TX. transferred to ESCO, 9 February 2006, scrapping completed, 26 January 2007
    Displacement 18,884 t.(lt) 49,956 t.(fl)
    Length 793'
    Beam 107'
    Draft 38' (max.)
    Speed 26kts
    24 Officers
    576 Enlisted
    two CH46E Sea Knight helicopters
    NATO Sparrow missiles
    two Phalanx CIWS
    four boilers
    two geared steam turbines
    two shafts, 100,000shp

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    Seattle 120k USS Seattle (AOE-3) Commissioning, 5 April 1969, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Seattle 95k USS Seattle (AOE-3) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Arctic 85k Left to Right; USS Arctic (AOE-8)
    USS Seattle (AOE-3),
    USS Supply (AOE-6) and
    USS Detroit (AOE-4) moored at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., date unknown.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Seattle 193k USS Seattle (AOE-3) under way in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1970. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Seattle 84k USS Seattle (AOE-3) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Seattle 56k USS Seattle (AOE-3) transferring her stores to USS Detroit AOE-4 in heavy seas while heading toward Hurricane Agnes in June 1972. USS Detroit was heading to the Mediterranean Sea while Seattle was heading to her homeport of Norfolk VA. ."We hadn't seen the worst of it, couple of days later we saw for three days, 40'-70' swells, 115 knot winds, cracked hull, loss of a water tight door, ladder, canvas and the ensign was nothing more than six stripes and about 30 stars. Sea water running around inside, couldn't stand up, sit down or sleep. Heck of a ride all inside of the Devils Triangle." Tom Nutt QM2 USS Seattle
    Seattle 91k USS Seattle (AOE-3) underway in the Caribbean Sea, June 1975 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Seattle 100k USS Seattle (AOE-3) underway in the Caribbean Sea in June 1975 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Seattle 673k USS Seattle (AOE-3) conducting a VERTREP while underway in the Caribbean Sea, off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in June 1975. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Seattle 46k USS Seattle (AOE-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Seattle 53k USS Seattle (AOE-3) underway, date and unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS Seattle (AOE-3) web site
    222k USS Seattle (AOE-3) underway off Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith
    Nicholas Tiberio
    241k USS Seattle (AOE-3) underway off the Virginia North Carolina coast, date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith
    Nicholas Tiberio
    143k USS Seattle (AOE-3) alongside the aircraft carrier USS America (CV-66) during an underway replenishment, 13 January 1976.
    U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DN-ST-88-04302
    Robert Hurst
    Seattle 242k USS Seattle (AOE-3) at anchor in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1976. Jeff Padell
    Seattle 61k USS Seattle (AOE-3) docking at Naval Station Rota, Spain, date unknown. Photo by Manolo Budiņo
    CV-67 John F. Kennedy 68k USS Seattle (AOE-3) replenishes USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) on her port side as the guided missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) receives fuel and supplies from her starboard side.
    US Navy photo # 020709-N-6492H-512 by PH1 Jim Hampshire, 9 July 2002.
    U.S. Navy
    Seattle 91k USS Seattle (AOE-3) under way off the North Carolina coast during an RAS with, USS Hue City (CG-66) 10 February 2002. Photo by Lt. Steve Dundas, CHC USNR USS Hue City
    Seattle 121k USS Seattle (AOE-3) steams alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG-66) during an underway replenishment at sea, 4 April 2002. Both ships are conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US Navy photo # 020404-N-5961C-010 by PHC Spike Call.
    Robert Hurst
    CV-67 John F. Kennedy 37k USS Seattle (AOE-3) with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), 14 June 2002 in the Northern Arabian Sea during Operation Enduring Freedom. Photo by LT Steve Dundas, CHC USNR
    307k USS Seattle (AOE-3) receives fuel from the Japanese fleet support ship JS Tokiwa (AOE 423), 11 May 2002. The fuel that Seattle receives from Tokiwa will be used to supply the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group which is operating in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
    US. Navy photo # 020511-N-6492H-651 by PH1 Jim Hampshire
    Robert Hurst
    Seattle 709k USS Seattle (AOE-3) conducts an underway replenishment with the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG-69) simultaneously in the Atlantic Ocean, on 11 June 2004. Seattle and Vicksburg are part of the John F. Kennedy Carrier Strike Group, currently involved in a joint exercise, known as Combined Joint Task Force Exercise. The exercise allows all services and several countries to train the way they fight - in a joint environment.US. Navy photo # 040611-N-4374S-015 by PH2 Michael Sandberg. Robert Hurst
    Seattle 127k USS Seattle (AOE-3) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Seattle 71k USS Seattle (AOE-3) conducting an underway replenishment, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Seattle 43k Ex-USS Seattle (AOE-3) laid up at the US Navy Ship Inactive Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA., in June 2005. The bow of the cruiser Ex-USS Des Moines (CA-134) is in the right foreground of the photo. Photo by Bob Haner USS Seattle

    For more photos and information about USS Seattle, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Seattle AOE-3 Veterans Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Keener III, Bruce, USN (USNA 1948-A) :RADM5 April 1969 - 7 May 1971
    02CAPT. Townsend Jr., Marland Wesley,7 May 1971 - 22 May 1972
    03CAPT. McCann, Carl Jay, USN22 May 1972 - 24 May 1973
    04CAPT. Anderson Jr., Raymond Magnus, USN (USNA 1945)24 May 1973 - 27 June 1975
    05CAPT. Lloyd Jr., Theodore Leighton, USN (USNA 1953)27 June 1975 - 30 September 1976
    06CAPT. Mauldin Jr., James Howard, USN30 September 1976 - 21 January 1978
    07CAPT. Snyder, Virgil Chester, USN22 January 1978 - 15 December 1978
    08CAPT. Belechak, Stephen Clair USN15 December 1978 - 14 March 1981
    09CAPT. Fitzwilliam, Peter Kaufmann, USN (USNA 1956)14 March 1981 - 9 August 1982
    10CAPT. Rothrauff, Thomas Benedict, USN9 August 1982 - 11 August 1984
    11CAPT. Frost, David Eugene, USN (USNA 1963) :VADM11 August 1984 - 24 June 1986
    12CAPT. Mazach, John J. (Maz), USN :VADM24 June 1986 - 15 February 1988
    13CAPT. Tolbert, James Kirkland, USN (USNA 1964)15 February 1988 - 9 February 1990
    14CAPT. Trafton, Wilbur Cobb, USN (USNA 1966)9 February 1990 - 31 May 1991
    15CAPT. Honour, Craig Gibson, USN (USNA 1968) 31 May 1991 - 22 January 1993
    16CAPT. Hoewing, Gerald Lee, USN :VADM22 January 1993 - 20 August 1994
    17CAPT. Ross, Jim Allison20 August 1994 - 5 June 1995
    18CAPT. Rutherford, Lindell Gene (Bo), USN :RADM (Biography)5 June 1995 - 26 November 1996
    19CAPT. Firks, Steven Franklin, USN (USNA 1974)26 November 1996 - 11 September 1998
    20CAPT. Elliot Jr., William Edward, USN 11 September 1998 - 9 March 2000
    21CAPT. Barbaree Jr., Robert Donel, USN (USNA 1977)9 March 2000 - 10 August 2001
    22CAPT. Gigliotti, James Patrick, USN (USNA 1979)10 August 2001 - 14 February 2003
    23CAPT. Dykhoff, David Craig, USN14 February 2003 - 8 April 2004
    24CAPT. Hall, Patrick Douglas (Monty), USN :RADM8 April 2004 - 15 March 2005
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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