under USN anymore, notice
different Stack paint and NO guns. She was being operated by civilians
under MSC. At U.S. Naval Station, Subic Bay, Philippines;
An aerial view of
of the naval station, showing some of the damage caused by the volcanic
ash that fell following the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.
(AO-145) was decommissioned on November 17th, 1978 she was transferred to the
Military Sealift Command and
began her life as USNS Hassayampa T-AO-145. View two ship area change
to "civilian" duty the Hass was disarmed, de-militarized, modernized
and given the distinctive blue and yellow stripes on her stack.
spaces were converted to 2 person staterooms. The forward 3"-50's
and the old 5"-38 mount base were replaced by a VERTREP
station. A boxy structure was placed on the 02 & 03 levels
provide staterooms for the civilian crew. "Officers Country"
became berthing for the US Navy personnel and included staterooms for
assigned to her. ("They were lumpy sailors or seamen; you had to
right through them, and treat them like anybody else. That's
opportunity." - Capt Pat
After conversion, the Hassayampa,
under the command of US Maritime Service Captain Gottfried C. Krull,
embarked on a distinguished 12 1/2 year career serving the needs of the
the world, including participation in Operation Desert Storm .
physical appearance may have changed, her spirit did not..
23 September 1991