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USNS Flint (T-AE 32)

- formerly AE 32 -
- Military Sealift Command -



USNS FLINT is the fifth of the KILAUEA ammunition ships and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of the city in Michigan.
On August 4, 1995, the FLINT turned over to MSC Pacific to commence an extensive habitability conversion at Norshipco, Norfolk, VA. As a United States Naval Ship (USNS), Flint is "in service", not commissioned. On March 24, 1997 USNS Flint commenced ammunition operations in the Pacific.
USNS FLINT is not armed in peacetime and manned by a civilian crew.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 8, 1968
Keel laid: August 4, 1969
Launched: November 9, 1970
Commissioned: November 20, 1971
Decommissioned: August 4, 1995
MSC "in service": August 4, 1995
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS
Propulsion system: 3 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 600 psi (42.3kg/cm²); 870°F (467°C); 1 turbine, 22,000 hp (16.4 MW); Automated Propulsion System (APS)
Propellers: one (six bladed)
Length: 564,3 feet (172 meters)
Beam: 81 feet (24.7 meters)
Draft: 28 feet (8.5 meters)
Displacement: approx. 20,000 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Aircraft: two CH-46 helicopters
Armament: none
Crew: 125 civilians, 55 naval personnel (including a helicopter detachment)
Homeport: West Coast


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS FLINT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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USS/USNS FLINT Cruise Books:


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Accidents aboard USS/USNS FLINT:

DateWhereEvents
June 9, 1976900 nautical miles northwest of HawaiiUSS FLINT and USS WABASH (AOR 5) collide while conducting towing exercises. Both ships continue onward to a western Pacific deployment.


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Notes of Interest:

USNS Flint has four cargo holds, which break down into 14 magazines. A magazine is the level within the cargo hold, and is defined as a magazine due to the stowage of ammunition and the requisite fire detecting and fire fighting items found on each level. The four cargo holds are serviced by six high speed cargo weapons elevators.

The ship has a certified helicopter flight deck and can handle any US military helo as well as most commercial and allied helicopters. There are 7 unrep cargo transfer stations and 1 fuel delivery station. The ship can receive fuel at sea from any of 4 stations. FLINT is also self-sufficient in the loading and discharge of ammunition or cargo from the ship to a pier or barge. There are four cargo booms which allow shore or barge transfer.

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