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AE-21 Suribachi / Nitro

Ammunition ships deliver munitions to warships. Ammunition ships keep the fleet supplied with ammunition and ordnance, independently or with other combat logistic ships. Ammunition is delivered by slings on ship-to-ship cables, and by helicopter.

Until recently the Navy operated two classes of ammunition ships: the Kilauea class and the Suribachi/Nitro class, though the units of the later closely related classes have been withdrawn from service. The five ships of the AE 21 SURIBACHI-class have been stricken, to be disposed of by Navy sale, or have been disposed of by Navy with title transfered to the Maritime Administration. The five ships of the AE 12 WRANGELL-class have been disposed of by Navy with title transfered to the Maritime Administration.

Specifications

AE-21 SuribachiAE-23 Nitro
Builder
Power Plant One Propeller
steam turbines
Length Overall Length: 511 ft
Waterline Length: 486 ft
Overall Length: 512 ft
Waterline Length: 487 ft
Beam Extreme Beam: 72 ft
Waterline Beam: 72 ft
Extreme Beam: 72 ft
Waterline Beam: 72 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 28 ft
Draft Limit: 29 ft
Maximum Navigational Draft: 27 ft
Draft Limit: 29 ft
Displacement Light Displacement: 9758 tons
Full Displacement: 15688 tons
Dead Weight: 5930 tons
Light Displacement: 9050 tons
Full Displacement: 15489 tons
Dead Weight: 6439 tons
Speed knots ( mph)
Crew Officers: 18
Enlisted: 327
Aircraftnone

Ships

Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
SuribachiAE 21 Bethlehem 04 Jun 195417 Nov 195602 Dec 1994
Mauna KeaAE 22 Bethlehem 04 June 195430 Mar 195730 Jun 1995
NitroAE 23 Bethlehem 23 Aug 195601 May 195928 Apr 1995
Pyro AE 24 Bethlehem 23 Aug 195624 Jul 195931 May 1994
HaleakalaAE 25 Bethlehem 23 aug 195603 Nov 195910 Dec 1993

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