(Suribachi Class AEs) Nitro/Suribachi Class Ammunition Ships

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

Mauna Kea Patch, Mike Kelly, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22),  1987-90
USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), photo courtsey of Mike Kelly, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22),  1987-90 USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), photo courtsey of Mike Kelly, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22),  1987-90

The following information, gathered from the Naval Vessel Register Web Site and Ships Factsheets from United States Navy's BBS, provides specific statistics of the USS Mauna Kea:

USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), launching.  Photo courtsey of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, PA
Photo of USS Mauna Kea (AE-22) shortly after commissioning courtsey of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Bethlehem, PA.

Light Displacement: 9286 tons
Full Displacement: 15728 tons full load
Dead Weight: 6442 tons
Overall Length: 511 feet
Waterline Length: 486 feet
Extreme Beam: 72 feet
Waterline Beam: 72 feet
Maximum Navigational Draft: 27 feet
Draft Limit: 29 feet
Speed: Approximately 20 knots
Power Plant: Two boilers, geared turbines, one shaft,
16,000 shaft horsepower
Aircraft: None
Armament: Four three-inch/50-caliber guns
Complement: Officers: 23 - Enlisted: 324
Builders: Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, MD
Launch Date: 3 May 1956
Commission Date: 30 March 1957
Decommission Date: 30 June 1995
Age in years: 38.3

Home Ports: Concord, California
Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, Benecia, CA
Status: Disposed of by Navy title transfer to the Maritime Administration

Helicopter Deck addition USS Mauna Kea (AE-22)

The helicopter deck information supplied by MM3 Marion Munn , (67-70)
The helicopter deck was added in a '65 - '66 conversion, according to my '68 cruise book..

USS Midway unrep Unrep prep Feb '90
Vertrep Nov '89

Photos of UNREP and VERTREP courtsey of Robert Brown, MM2, USS Mauna Kea (AE-22), 1989-91

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