USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) was launched under Maritime Commission contract by North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C., 20 January 1945; sponsored by Miss Anne L. Dimon; and commissioned at Charleston. S.C., 11 August 1945, Lt. Comdr. William F. Smith in command.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, she sailed for the Caribbean 23 October, following President Kennedy’s announcement of a naval quarantine around the Communist island. She cruised the Caribbean during the next several weeks carrying reserve ammunition for American ships on quarantine duty off Cuba. Departing the Caribbean 16 December, she returned to New York and resumed her pattern of operations in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Length: 459 ft 2 in (140 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19.2 m)
Draught: 28 ft 3 in (8.6 m)
1 × shaft
6,000 shp (4.5 MW)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Capacity: 7,700 long tons (7,800 t) deadweight
Complement: 267 officers and enlisted