USS CAMDEN was the second SACRAMENTO - class fast combat support ship and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of the New Jersey city situated at the Delaware River across from Philadelphia. Last homeported in Bremerton, Wash., the CAMDEN was the last ship in her class to be decommissioned. Stricken from the Navy list on October 14, 2005, the CAMDEN was towed to Brownsville, Texas in 2007 for scrapping at Esco Marine. Scrapping was completed on May 13, 2008.
|General Characteristics:||Keel Laid: February 17, 1964|
|Launched: May 29, 1965|
|Commissioning: April 1, 1967|
|Decommissioning: October 1, 2005|
|Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, N.J.|
|Propulsion System: four V2M 600 PSI Propulsion Boilers|
|Length: 794 feet (242 meters)|
|Beam: 107 feet (32.6 meters)|
|Draft: 38 feet (11.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 53,000 tons|
|Speed: 26 knots|
|Aircraft: two |
|Armament: one Sea Sparrow launcher, two |
|Crew: 48 Officers, 678 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CAMDEN. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS CAMDEN Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS CAMDEN:
|November 26, 1968||off South Vietnam||USS CAMDEN collides with USS HANCOCK (CVA 19) during an underway replenishment off South Vietnam suffering minor damage.|
|January 24, 1971||Gulf of Tonkin||USS CAMDEN collides with USS HAMNER (DD 718) during an underway replenishment in the Gulf of Tonkin.|
History of USS CAMDEN:
USS CAMDEN was commissioned 1 April 1967 as the second of four fast combat support ships. Assigned to the Pacific Fleet in September 1967, it was homeported in Long Beach, California. On 7 February 1974, CAMDEN moved to its new homeport of Bremerton, Washington. The ship operated extensively up and down the West Coast of the United States and deployed frequently to the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans to support units of the SEVENTH Fleet. In March 1996, CAMDEN was awarded its third consecutive Battle "E" for demonstrating excellence in all warfare and mission categories.
Notes of Interest:
USS CAMDEN Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken and contributed by Michael Martin and shows the CAMDEN at Esco Marine, Brownsville, Texas, being scrapped. The photo was taken on October 10, 2007.