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  • US Mars class

    Support Ship


    Support Ship Mars class

    The combat stores ships Mars class of auxiliary vessels were designed for underway replenishment carrying stores and munitions in support of aircraft carrier battlegroups.


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    9200light (tn)
    18000full load (tn)
    177length (m)
    24beam (m)
    8.50draught (m)
    21max speed (knots)
    3Naval Engine boilers
    1Naval Engine steam turbines
    1Chaff and decoys Mark 36 SRBOC
    1Naval Radar surface search radar AN/SPS-10


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        Typical Max
    US US Navy B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 12
    US US Navy Sikorsky S-70 H-60 22
    US US Navy SNIA SA330 Puma 10

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    


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    US NASSCO San Diego - 7

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    USUS NavyAFS-1USS Mars19631998
    USUS NavyAFS-2USS Sylvania19641994
    USUS NavyAFS-3USS Niagara Falls19671994
    T-AFS-3 USNS Niagara Falls 19942008
    USUS NavyAFS-4USS White Plains19681995
    USUS NavyAFS-5USS Concord19681992
    T-AFS-5 USNS Concord 19922009
    USUS NavyAFS-6USS San DiegoNNCD19691993
    T-AFS-6 USNS San Diego 19931997
    USUS NavyAFS-7USS San Jose19701993
    T-AFS-7 USNS San Jose 19932010

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    1962-may-5Laid downUS AFS-1 USS Mars
    1962-aug-18Laid downUS AFS-2 USS Sylvania
    1963-jun-15LaunchedUS AFS-1 USS Mars
    1963-aug-15LaunchedUS AFS-2 USS Sylvania
    1963-dec-1CommissionedUS AFS-1 USS Mars
    1964-jul-11CommissionedUS AFS-2 USS Sylvania
    1965-marAircraftUS AFS-1 USS Mars UH-46A 150965
    1965-may-22Laid downUS AFS-3 USS Niagara Falls
    1965-sepUS AFS-1 USS Mars with HC-1 Det Atsugi, Japan
    1965-oct-2Laid downUS AFS-4 USS White Plains
    1966-mar-26LaunchedUS AFS-3 USS Niagara Falls
    1966-mar-26Laid downUS AFS-5 USS Concord
    1966-jul-26LaunchedUS AFS-4 USS White Plains
    1966-sep-23US AFS-1 USS Mars Shellback Initiation on Helo flight deck
    1966-dec-17LaunchedUS AFS-5 USS Concord
    1967-mar-11Laid downUS AFS-6 USS San Diego
    1967-apr-29CommissionedUS AFS-3 USS Niagara Falls
    1968-apr-13LaunchedUS AFS-6 USS San Diego
    1968-nov-23CommissionedUS AFS-4 USS White Plains
    1968-nov-27CommissionedUS AFS-5 USS Concord
    1969DeploymentUS AFS-3 USS Niagara Falls WestPac, with UH-46 151904 during replenishing of USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
    1969-mar-8Laid downUS AFS-7 USS San Jose
    1969-apr-8DeploymentUS AFS-1 USS Mars lost UH-46 152494
    1969-may-24CommissionedUS AFS-6 USS San Diego
    1969-dec-13LaunchedUS AFS-7 USS San Jose
    1970-oct-23CommissionedUS AFS-7 USS San Jose
    1976-dec-17US AFS-6 USS San Diego HC-6 Det2 CH-46D Buno 153337 crashed at sea during night VertRep mission.
    1977-feb-10US AFS-6 USS San Diego HC-6 Det2 CH-46D BuNo 152537 crashed at sea during night vertrep mission
    1977-oct-11US AFS-7 USS San Jose UNREP with USS New Orleans (LPH-11)
    1984US AFS-4 USS White Plains lost H-46 helo in Indian ocean while attempting vertrep
    1986US AFS-6 USS San Diego HC-6 CRASH
    1990-dec-4US AFS-1 USS Mars First ship to desert storm
    1991US AFS-7 USS San Jose Operation Desert Shield/Storm 1990/1991 HH-46D 150271 HC-5 Det.1
    1992-aug-27US AFS-4 USS White Plains while mooring in Guam was hit by Typhoon Omar and ran aground on the coral beach
    1992-oct-15Fate: transferedUS AFS-5 USS Concord as T-AFS-5 USNS Concord
    1993-aug-11Fate: transferedUS AFS-6 USS San Diego to T-AFS-6 USNS San Diego
    1993-aug-24US AFS-4 USS White Plains UH-46 151926 accident out of Fujairah, UAE. 4 fatalities
    1993-sepFate: transferedUS AFS-7 USS San Jose to T-AFS-7 USNS San Jose
    1994-may-26DecommissionedUS AFS-2 USS Sylvania
    1994-may-26StruckUS AFS-2 USS Sylvania
    1994-sepDecommissionedUS AFS-3 USS Niagara Falls
    1994-sep-23Fate: transferedUS AFS-3 USS Niagara Falls to USNS Niagara Falls (T-AFS-3)
    1995-apr-17DecommissionedUS AFS-4 USS White Plains
    1995-aug-24StruckUS AFS-4 USS White Plains
    1997-dec-10DecommissionedUS T-AFS-6 USNS San Diego
    1998-feb-19DecommissionedUS AFS-1 USS Mars
    2001-jul-28Fate: scrappedUS AFS-2 USS Sylvania
    2002Fate: sunkUS AFS-4 USS White Plains as target
    2003-sep-8StruckUS T-AFS-6 USNS San Diego
    2004-may-24StruckUS AFS-1 USS Mars
    2006-apr-9Fate: scrappedUS T-AFS-6 USNS San Diego at Philadelphia
    2006-jul-15Fate: sunkUS AFS-1 USS Mars sunk off Hawaii as a torpedo target during RIMPAC 2006
    2008-sepStruckUS T-AFS-3 USNS Niagara Falls
    2009-aug-18DecommissionedUS T-AFS-5 USNS Concord
    2012-aug-12Fate: sunkUS T-AFS-3 USNS Niagara Falls Sunk as target off Hawaii RIMPAC 2012
    2012-aug-17Fate: sunkUS T-AFS-5 USNS Concord Sunk by torpedo. SINKEX exercise. Off the coast of Kauai.

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