USS KALAMAZOO was the sixth WICHITA - class replenishment oiler and was named in honor of a city and county in southwest Michigan. KALAMAZOO ended more than 23 years of service to the fleet when it was decommissioned at Norfolk Naval Base on August 16, 1996. Stricken from the Navy list on October 29, 1998, the ship spent the following years laid up at the James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, Va. In July 2008, the KALAMAZOO was sold to Esco Marine, Brownsville, Tx., for scrapping.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 1, 1967|
|Keel laid: October 1, 1970|
|Launched: November 1, 1972|
|Commissioned: August 11, 1973|
|Decommissioned: August 16, 1996|
|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 KALAMAZOO. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS KALAMAZOO:
|January 28, 1981||Virginia Capes|
USS KALAMAZOO and USS SYLVANIA (AFS 2) collide during an underway replenishment in the Virginia Capes area. Damage to both ships is minor.
|September 12, 1989||Atlantic Ocean|
Two sailors working on the maindeck of KALAMAZOO are washed overboard. Both sailors are lost.
USS KALAMAZOO Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Michael Martin and shows the KALAMAZOO at Esco Marine, Brownsville, Tx., ready to be scrapped. The photo was taken on December 26, 2008