Welcome Aboard the Nitro Class Ammunition Ships' web pages. The three ships comprising the Nitro Class are the USS Nitro (AE-23), USS Pyro (AE-24) and the USS Haleakala (AE-25). This class of ammunition ship was designed to take advantage of the experiences gained in replenishment procedures during WWII and Korea, and to replace the aging ammunition ships that were in existence at that time. The mission of the AE ships was to deliver ammunition, either independently or with other combat logistic ships, to combatants and/or battle group station ships using both connected replenishment or vertical replenishment. These ships and their crews served proudly from the late 1950s through the mid 1990s.
This site also contains information about the Nitro Class's sister ships of the Suribachi Class: The two ships in this class are the USS Suribachi (AE-21) and the USS Mauna Kea (AE-22). Suribachi class ships and crews served from the mid 1950s through the mid 1990s.
All of the Nitro and Suribachi class ammunition ships are now decommissioned.
This site has been redesigned to allow for faster page loading and the addition of some new sections. The location of some of the information has changed.
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