Fast combat support ship

The fast combat support ship (US Navy hull classification symbol: AOE) is the United States Navy's largest combat logistics ship, designed as an oiler, ammunition and supply ship. All fast combat support ships currently in service are operated by Military Sealift Command. They can carry more than 177,000 barrels of oil, 2,150 tons of ammunition, 500 tons of dry stores and 250 tons of refrigerated stores. It receives petroleum products, ammunition and stores from various shuttle ships and redistributes these items when needed to ships in the carrier battle group. This greatly reduces the number of service ships needed to travel with carrier battle groups.

The four ships of the Sacramento class were 53,000 tons at full load, 796 feet overall length, and carried two Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters. The Sacramento class was retired in 2005.

The Supply class ships displace 48,800 tons full load and carried two Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters.

Air defense includes the Sea Sparrow radar and infrared surface-to-air missile in eight-cell launchers to provide point defence with 15km to 25km range. There are also two Phalanx mk15 20mm gatling gun close-in weapon systems (CIWS) and two 25mm Raytheon mk88 guns.

China has developed the Type 901 fast combat support ship which serves a similar mission in their navy.

US Navy 050413-N-6363M-005 Military Sealift Command (MSC) fast-combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8) conducts a replenishment at sea
The fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8) conducting a replenishment at sea

List of Fast Combat Support Ships

(AOE-1) USS Sacramento

(AOE-2) USS Camden

(AOE-3) USS Seattle

(AOE-4) USS Detroit

(AOE-6) USS Supply (New Class)

(AOE-7) USS Rainier

(AOE-8) USS Arctic

(AOE-10) USS Bridge

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Amenities ship

An amenities ship is a ship outfitted with recreational facilities as part of a mobile naval base. Amenities ships included movie theaters and canteens staffed by mercantile crews of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service. These ships were intended to provide a place where British Pacific Fleet personnel could relax between operations.

Arctic (disambiguation)

The Arctic is Earth's north polar region.

Arctic may also refer to:

Arctic (company), a Swiss manufacturer of computer hardware and consumer electronics

Arctic S.A., a Romanian household appliances brand owned by Arçelik

Arctic (journal)

Arctic, California, a former settlement

Arctic, Rhode Island, a village in West Warwick, Rhode Island

Arctic Ocean

Arctic (film), a 2019 film directed by Joe Penna starring Mads MikkelsenIn ships:

MV Arctic, an icebreaking cargo ship built in 1978

SS Arctic, a paddle steamer in the Collins Line steamships that began operating in 1850 and was sunk in a collision in 1854

USCS Arctic, a survey ship in commission in the United States Coast Survey from 1856 to 1858

USS Arctic, various United States Navy ships of the name

USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8), a United States Navy fast combat support ship in non-commissioned service in the Military Sealift Command from 1995 to 2002

List of Republic of China Navy ships

The Republic of China Navy is the maritime branch of the Republic of China Armed Forces. The ROC Navy's primary mission is to defend ROC territories and the sea lanes that surround Taiwan against a blockade, attack, or possible invasion by the People's Liberation Army Navy of the People's Republic of China. Operations include maritime patrols in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding waters, as well as counter-strike and counter-invasion operations during wartime. The Republic of China Marine Corps functions as a branch of the Navy.

The ship prefix for ROCN combatants is ROCS (Republic of China Ship); an older usage is CNS (Chinese Navy Ship).

ROCN also avoids giving ships hull numbers that add up to or end at "4", as the Chinese pronunciation of the number 4 is close to the pronunciation of "death". This numbering scheme is more apparent on more newly acquired ships.

Note: The ROCN generally uses hull classification symbols similar to the U.S. system with some changes. The proper classification is provided when known.

List of ship decommissionings in 2004

The list of ship decommissionings in 2004 includes a chronological list of all ships decommissioned in 2004.

List of ship decommissionings in 2005

The list of ship decommissionings in 2005 includes a chronological list of all ships decommissioned in 2005.

Minehunter

A minehunter is a naval vessel that seeks, detects, and destroys individual naval mines. Minesweepers, on the other hand, clear mined areas as a whole, without prior detection of mines. A vessel that combines both of these roles is known as a mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV).

Pan Shi-class fast combat support ship

The Pan Shi-class fast combat support ship (磐石) is a single-ship class of the Republic of China Navy used to refuel, rearm, and resupply ROC Navy and allied ships. The class is named for Pan Shi mountain in Hualian County.

Repair ship

A repair ship is a naval auxiliary ship designed to provide maintenance support to warships. Repair ships provide similar services to destroyer, submarine and seaplane tenders or depot ships, but may offer a broader range of repair capability including equipment and personnel for repair of more significant machinery failures or battle damage.

Sacramento-class fast combat support ship

The Sacramento-class fast combat support ships were a class of four United States Navy supply ships used to refuel, rearm, and restock ships in the United States Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Supply-class fast combat support ship

The Supply-class fast combat support ships are a class of four United States Navy supply ships used to refuel, rearm, and restock ships in the United States Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.These are the only US Navy resupply ships able to keep up with the strike groups, but due to their cost to operate the Navy intends to retire them starting in 2014. The Supply-class ships are built to military combatant standards and are shock hardened.

Towada-class replenishment ship

The Towada class is a series of replenishment oilers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. Three ships of the class were built between 1985 and 1989. The ships have the hull designator AOE.The Towada class was designed as an enlarged, improved version of the Sagami-class fast combat support ships. The vessels are capable of mounting the Phalanx CIWS by design, although this is not a common occurrence.

Type 901 fast combat support ship

The Type 901 is a class of fast combat support ship of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy.

USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7)

USNS Rainier (T-AOE-7), is a Supply-class fast combat support ship and the third US Navy vessel named after Mount Rainier. The ship was christened on 28 September 1991 by the ship's sponsor, Mrs. Suzanne Callison Dicks, wife of Congressman Norm Dicks, and commissioned as "USS Rainier (AOE-7)", on 21 January 1995 at Bremerton, Washington.

Rainier has the speed to keep up with the Navy's carrier strike groups (CSG) and rapidly replenish Navy task forces. She receives petroleum products, ammunition and stores from shuttle ships or during port calls and redistributes these items simultaneously to CSG ships. This reduces the vulnerability of serviced ships by reducing alongside time.

In April 2013, it was announced that the Military Sealift Command will take Rainier and her sister USNS Bridge (T-AOE-10) out of service in 2014 as a cost-saving measure.

The fast combat support ship Rainier, which was last a part of the Navy's civilian-crewed Military Sealift Command's fleet of combat logistics ships, is being held in reserve at the inactive fleet located in Bremerton, Washington.

USS Arctic

USS Arctic is the name of several ships of the U.S. Navy:

USS Arctic (1855), a screw steamer built by the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Ice Boat No. 3, an 1873 municipal icebreaker briefly commissioned as the patrol vessel USS Arctic in the Spanish–American War

USS Arctic (SP-1158), a 1913 tugboat used as a convoy escort in World War I

USS Arctic (AF-7), an Arctic-class stores ship which saw service in World War II

USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8), a fast combat support ship, commissioned as USS Arctic from 1995 to 2002

USS Camden

USS Camden has been the name of two ships in the United States Navy:

USS Camden (AS-6), the former Kiel, served as a submarine tender from 1919–1931, then as a barracks ship during World War II.

USS Camden (AOE-2), a fast combat support ship, 1967–2005.

USS Camden (AOE-2)

USS Camden (AOE-2) was the second ship of the United States Navy named after the city of Camden, New Jersey that lies on the Delaware River across from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, combining the functions of three logistic support ships in one hull - fleet oiler (AO), ammunition ship (AE), and refrigerated stores ship (AF).

USS Detroit (AOE-4)

USS Detroit (AOE-4) was the fourth and last Sacramento-class fast combat support ship built for the United States Navy. She was laid down on 29 November 1966 by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington; launched 21 June 1969; and commissioned on 28 March 1970. She is the fifth United States Navy ship named after Detroit, Michigan, the largest city in the state of Michigan, and the river of the same name.

Detroit served for 35 years operating primarily with the U.S. 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf regions.

USS Sacramento (AOE-1)

USS Sacramento (AOE-1) was the third ship in the United States Navy to bear the name, for both the river, and the capital city of California. She was the lead ship of her class of fast combat support ship.

She combined the functions of three logistics ships in one hull; fleet oiler (AO), ammunition ship (AE), and refrigerated stores ship (AFS).

Admiral Arleigh Burke originated the concept of a single supply ship system. He saw the design as an answer to logistics problems he encountered during World War II. The limited speed, range, and payload of early underway replenishment (UnRep) groups prevented resupply due to bad weather and tactical demands of the war. To counter these problems, the Fast Combat Support Ship (AOE) was designed.

USS Seattle (AOE-3)

The second USS Seattle (AOE-3), a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, was laid down on 1 October 1965, at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington; launched on 2 March 1968; sponsored by Mrs. William M. Allen, chairman of the board of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association, Seattle; and commissioned on 5 April 1969, Capt. Bruce Keener III in command.

After fitting out, Seattle departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 24 September 1969, en route to Norfolk. Seattle visited Long Beach, San Diego, Acapulco, the Panama Canal, and New Orleans, arriving at Norfolk, her designated home port, on 22 November.

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