USS WABASH was the fifth WICHITA - class replenishment oiler. Decommissioned on September 30, 1994, and stricken from the Navy list on April 8, 1997, the WABASH spent the following years berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benicia, Calif., awaiting final disposal. The WABASH was sold for scrapping to Marine Metal Inc., Brownsville, Tx., on July 21, 2005, but is presently still located at Suisun Bay, Calif..
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 1, 1967|
|Keel laid: January 1, 1970|
|Launched: February 1, 1971|
|Commissioned: November 20, 1971|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1994|
|Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Propulsion system: Three boilers, steam turbines, two shafts, 32,000 shaft horsepower|
|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|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WABASH. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS WABASH Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS WABASH:
|June 9, 1976||900 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii|
USS WABASH and the USS FLINT (AE 32) collide while conducting towing exercises. Both ships continue onward to a WestPac deployment.
|November 22, 1983||Oakland, Calif.|
USS WABASH and the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) have a minor collision during refueling in Oakland, Calif.
USS WABASH Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the WABASH laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.