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USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34)
Career (US)
Name: USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34)
Namesake: Mount Baker
Ordered: 8 March 1968
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
Laid down: 5 October 1970
Launched: 23 October 1971
Commissioned: 22 July 1972
Decommissioned: 18 December 1996
In service: 18 December 1996
Homeport: SC
Fate: In service, Military Sealift Command
General characteristics
Displacement: 20,000 tons (20,300 t) full load
Length: 564.3 ft (172.0 m) overall
Beam: 81 ft (25 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Propulsion: Three Foster-Wheeler boilers; 600 psi (42 kg/cm², 4.2 MPa); 870 °F (470 °C); 1 turbine, 22,000 hp (16.4 MW); single six-bladed propeller; Automated Propulsion System (APS)
Speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 60,000 ft3/6,000 tons of ammunition
Complement: 125 civilians, 55 naval personnel (including a helicopter detachment)
Armament: None
Aircraft carried: Two CH-46 helicopters

USNS Mount Baker (T-AE-34) is the seventh of eight Kilauea-class ammunition ships, currently in service with the Military Sealift Command. It is the second US Navy ship to bear the name, and is named for Mount Baker, a volcano in the Cascade Range of Washington. Ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command provide logistic support to US Navy ships at sea.

Mount Baker was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was commissioned 22 July 1972 as USS Mount Baker (AE-34), and entered service with the Atlantic Fleet.

In 1976, the Chief of Naval Operations authorized the testing of the LAMPS MK III System aboard her flight deck. Later that year, Mount Baker gave support to rescue operations of the Navy's nuclear-powered submersible (NR-1). In 1977, she was awarded the Battle E as the best ammunition ship in the Atlantic Fleet.

On 18 December 1996, Mount Baker decommissioned and was placed in service with the Military Sealift Command. The ship's designation was changed to T-AE-34. She remains in service, providing ammunition onload and offload support to US Navy ships operating in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and the Mediterranean.

She is homeported in Earle, New Jersey. On July 20, 2009 the US Navy announced that the ship would be inactivated on August 2, 2010 and decommissioned at an undetermined later date.[1]

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