USS Shasta (AE-33) was a Kilauea-class replenishment ammunition ship of the United States Navy. She was named after Mount Shasta, a volcano in the Cascade Range in Northern California, USA. Shasta’s mission was to support forward deployed aircraft carrier battle groups, which she accomplished through underway replenishment (known as “unrep”) and vertical replenishment (known as “vertrep”). Shasta and her crew honorably served their country in this role in war and peace across three decades, from Vietnam, to the Cold War, to the Iran-Iraq War, to Operation Desert Storm, and numerous other actions.
To accomplish her underway replenishment mission, Shasta utilized seven underway replenishment stations utilizing the Standard Tensioned Replenishment Alongside Method (STREAM), and utilized four cargo booms to load and unload cargo. To accomplish her vertical replenishment mission, Shasta embarked two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters together with their air and maintenance crews; Shasta’s ship’s company ran the flight deck and tower. Shasta’s Deck Department was among the best in the United States Pacific Fleet.
Class and type: Kilauea-class ammunition ship
10,417 long tons (10,584 t) light
18,088 long tons (18,378 t) full load
Length: 564 ft (172 m)
Beam: 81 ft (25 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.2 m)
3 × boilers
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
28 officers(with air detachment; 20 without)
375 enlisted (with air detachment; 350 without)
2 × 3″50 twin mounts
12 × .50 cals
2 × CIWS
Aircraft carried: 2 × CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters