USNS SHASTA was the sixth ship in the KILAUEA - class of Ammunition Ships and was named after an extinct volcano in northern California. Decommissioned on 1 October 1997, SHASTA was transferred to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force the same day and her hull number was changed to T-AE 33. SHASTA remained active as an ammunition ship until inactivated and stricken on April 7, 2011. She is presently laid up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., awaiting final disposal.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: March 8, 1968|
|Keel laid: November 10, 1969|
|Launched: April 3, 1971|
|Commissioned: February 26, 1972|
|Decommissioned: October 1, 1997|
|MSC "in service": October 1, 1997|
|Inactivated: April 7, 2011|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS|
|Propulsion system: 3 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 600 psi (42.3kg/cm²); 870°F (467°C); 1 turbine, 22,000 hp (16.4 MW); Automated Propulsion System (APS)|
|Propellers: one (six bladed)|
|Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)|
|Beam: 81 feet (24.7 meters)|
|Draft: 28 feet (8.5 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: two CH-46 helicopters|
|Crew: 125 civilians, 55 naval personnel (including a helicopter detachment)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS SHASTA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS SHASTA in the News:
USNS SHASTA Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Karl-Heinz Ahles when USNS SHASTA was inport Portsmouth, Va., on March 11, 1999.
The photos below were taken by me and show the USNS SHASTA departing San Diego, Calif., on March 23, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the SHASTA laid up at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 6, 2012. There, the SHASTA (right) is laid up alongside her sistership KISKA (T-AE 35)[center].