A Ship picture that is represented by the ship name - WABASH (AOR-5)
Year Built
Official Number
Ship Yard
General Dynamics
General Type
Specific Type
Ship Length
659.0 feet
96.00 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
Gross Tons
37700 tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
37.00 tons
Draft, Lightweight
33.3 tons
Displacement, Summer
Displacement, Lightweight
13622 tons
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight

Historical Narrative

USS Wabash is a Wichita-class replenishment oiler that served in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1994. The ship was named for the Wabash River, which runs through the states of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. 

Wabash was laid down on January 21, 1970 by General Dynamics Quincy Shipbuilding Division at Quincy, Massachusetts, and launched on February 6, 1971. The ship was commissioned on November 20, 1971 at the Boston Naval Shipyard. 

Wabash had a long and distinguished career serving in number of locations, two of which included the Philippines and Vietnam.  The ship conducted 46 underway replenishments during its first tour on the "line" off the Vietnamese coast. 

Wabash was decommissioned on September 30, 1994 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on April 8, 1997.  It entered the Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, California on December 23, 1997.  The vessel was transferred to the Maritime Administration in December 1999.

Vancouver was withdrawn from Suisun Bay on November 14, 2012 after being sold for dismantlement.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for USS Wabash.


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Event: Entry
Date: 12/23/1997

Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
Event: Acquisition
Date: 12/18/1998

MARAD acquired title of vessel
Event: Cleared Historic Review
Date: 6/21/2005

California SHPO cleared the ship for disposal on this date.
Event: Withdrawal
Date: 11/14/2012

Vessel departed under domestic sale contract with ESCO Marine, Inc.

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