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USS Wichita (AOR 1)

- decommissioned -



USS WICHITA was the lead ship of the WICHITA - class of replenishment oilers. Decommissioned on March 12, 1993, and stricken from the Navy list on February 15, 1995, the WICHITA is now berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Ca., awaiting final disposal.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 2, 1965
Keel laid: June 16, 1966
Launched: March 16, 1968
Commissioned: June 7, 1969
Decommissioned: March 12, 1993
Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts
Propulsion system: Three boilers, steam turbines, two shafts, 32,000 shaft horsepower
Propellers: two
Length: 659 feet (200.86 meters)
Beam: 96 feet (29.3 meters)
Draft: 35 feet (10.7 meters)
Displacement: approx. 40,100 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Aircraft: 2 CH-46 Sea Knight Helicopters
Armament: two Phalanx CIWS, one Mk-29 Sea Sparrow Missile Launcher
Crew: 22 officers, 398 enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WICHITA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS WICHITA Cruise Books:


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Accidents aboard USS WICHITA:

DateWhereEvents
July 18, 1983100 miles off San Diego,
Calif.
USS RANGER (CV 61) collides with USS WICHITA during refueling. RANGER's flight deck elevator is damaged, but no injuries are reported. USS WICHITA damages its refueling capability. The port fueling riggins are put out of commission, including the loss of all fuel hoses. Also part of WICHITA's aft superstructure is crushed on the starboard side.


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The two stern photos of the WICHITA were taken by me and show the ship laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.



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