USS Suribachi (AE-21)

Original Bachi Patch Circa 1960 courtsey of Paul Huther 1959-60 Suribachi Patch Circa 1966 courtsey of Jim Caithamer 1966-68
USS Suribachi (AE-21), U. S. Navy photo, circa 1957

USS Suribachi (AE-21), photo courtsey of Steve Jacobson, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 1980-82 USS Suribachi (AE-21), U. S. Navy photo, circa 1990

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 Suribachi:

USS SURIBACHI (AE-21)
Light Displacement: 9758 tons
Full Displacement: 15688 tons full load
Dead Weight: 5930 tons
Overall Length: 511 feet
Waterline Length: 486 feet
Extreme Beam: 72 feet
Waterline Beam: 72 feet
Maximum Navigational Draft: 28 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: 20 - Enlisted: 324
Builders: Bethlehem Steel, Sparrows Point, MD
Launch Date: 2 November 1955
Commission Date: 17 November 1956
Decommission Date: 2 December 1994
Age in years: 38

Home Ports: Earle, New Jersey
Custodian: MARITIME ADMINISTRATION (NATIONAL DEFENSE RESERVE FLEET), James River Reserve Fleet, Fort Eustis, VA
Status: Stricken, to be disposed of by Navy sale
Date Effective: 01/20/2000

Final Disposition: Scrapped, 2009, ESCO Marine Inc., Ship Recycling Facility, Brownsville, Texas



FAST CONVERSION USS Suribachi (AE-21)

FAST information supplied by HM2 Robert Williams, (79-82)
Suribachi deployed to the Mediterranean two more times, from February to August 1961 and from August 1962 until the spring of 1963, before entering the yard of the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., at Baltimore, Md., for conversion to a Fast Automatic Shuttle Transfer ammunition ship (AK-FAST). At that time, she was placed in commission, in reserve. In addition to the FAST conversion, Suribachi received a helicopter platform on her fantail enabling her to conduct vertical replenishments for the fleet.


Photos below courtesy of YNCS(SW) William Perry, USN (Ret.), USS Suribachi (AE-21) (80-82)

strbd side unrepbomb pallets
vertrep hookup

Personnel transfer at sea unrep crew waiting


OOPS!!! - Sometimes it doesn't go exactly as planned

IKE article
Article printed with permission of USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) PAO





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