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USS Kansas City (AOR 3)

- decommissioned -

USS KANSAS CITY was the third ship in the WICHITA - class of replenishment oilers. Decommissioned on October 7, 1994, and stricken from the Navy list on April 8, 1997, the KANSAS CITY is now berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, Ca., awaiting final disposal.

General Characteristics:Awarded: July 6, 1966
Keel laid: April 18, 1968
Launched: June 1, 1969
Commissioned: June 6, 1970
Decommissioned: October 7, 1994
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 KANSAS CITY. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS KANSAS CITY:

February 24, 1975Subic Bay, Philippines
USS KANSAS CITY is struck by the USS HENRY B. WILSON (DDG 7) while moored at Subic Bay, Philippines. Both ships suffer minor damage.
January 14, 1991Gulf of Oman
USS HARRY W. HILL (DD 986) collides with the USS KANSAS CITY during an underway replenishment at about 0630 local time. The HARRY W. HILL suffers a cracked sonar dome and various other damage and subsequently spends approx. 3 months at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippines, for repairs. The KANSAS CITY suffers two underwater holes in fuel tanks, a crushed bulwark and various external topside damage from mid-ship to aft on the starboard side. For the following 3 weeks, the KANSAS CITY receices temporary repairs in Dubai, UAE.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the KANSAS CITY laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.

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