USS WICHITA was the lead ship of the WICHITA - class of replenishment oilers. Decommissioned on March 12, 1993, and stricken from the Navy list on February 15, 1995, the WICHITA is now berthed at the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, Ca., awaiting final disposal.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 2, 1965|
|Keel laid: June 16, 1966|
|Launched: March 16, 1968|
|Commissioned: June 7, 1969|
|Decommissioned: March 12, 1993|
|Builder: General Dynamics, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Propulsion system: Three boilers, steam turbines, two shafts, 32,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 659 feet (200.86 meters)|
|Beam: 96 feet (29.3 meters)|
|Draft: 35 feet (10.7 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 40,100 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: 2 |
|Armament: two |
|Crew: 22 officers, 398 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS WICHITA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS WICHITA Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS WICHITA:
|July 18, 1983||100 miles off San Diego,|
|USS RANGER (CV 61) collides with USS WICHITA during refueling. RANGER's flight deck elevator is damaged, but no injuries are reported. USS WICHITA damages its refueling capability. The port fueling riggins are put out of commission, including the loss of all fuel hoses. Also part of WICHITA's aft superstructure is crushed on the starboard side.|
The photos below are from USS WICHITA's cruise book 1983-84 and document the collision:
USS WICHITA Image Gallery:
The two stern photos of the WICHITA were taken by me and show the ship laid-up at Suisun Bay, Calif., on March 27, 2010.