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Sacramento (AOE 1) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Sacramento (AOE 1)

Photographed by the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 18 May 1964 as built with four 3"/50 twin mounts, none with shields.

Photo No. USN 1103499
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Sacramento (AOE 1) on 18 May 1964
USS Sacramento (AOE 1)

Refueling the destroyer Walke (DD 723) to starboard and the new combat store ship USS Mars (AFS-1) to port in a photo released on 24 November 1964 three days before Sacramento first deployed to the Seventh Fleet. Walke appears to have experienced a fuel spill to starboard during the pre-deployment training. She has a highline over amidships while Mars has only a phone and distance line over forward and may be breaking away. Sacramento is shown as built with four 3"/50 twin mounts, none with shields.

Photo No. USN 1105513
Source: Shipscribe

  USS Sacramento (AOE 1) on 24 November 1964
USS Camden (AOE 2)

Departing San Diego with Point Loma in the background circa 1967. She is shown as built with four 3"/50 twin mounts, none with shields.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-164)

  USS Camden (AOE 2) circa 1967
USS Detroit (AOE 4)

At the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on 31 July 1970 as built with four 3"/50 twin mounts, the forward mounts in shields and the after mounts open. The ships to the right and left are in reserve.

Photo No. USN 1145312
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USS Detroit (AOE 4) on 31 July 1970
USS Seattle (AOE 3)

Underway in her original configuration circa the early 1970s with four 3"/50 twin mounts, the forward mounts in shields and the after mounts open.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-164)

  USS Seattle (AOE 3) circa the early 1970s
USS Sacramento (AOE 1)

Photographed by USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in the Pacific on 15 March 1978 as first modified with a MK-29 Sea Sparrow point defense missile launcher replacing the forward pair of 3"/50 mounts and the after pair of 3"/50 mounts retained without shields.

Photo No. USN 1172578
Source: Shipscribe

  USS Sacramento (AOE 1) on 15 March 1978
USS Detroit (AOE 4)

At anchor on 12 November 1979 at Toulon, France, with USS Independence (CV-62). Her forward pair of 3"/50 mounts has been replaced with a MK-29 Sea Sparrow launcher and the after 3"/50 mounts now have shields.

Photo No. DN-SC-82-00313
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Detroit (AOE 4) on 12 November 1979
USS Seattle (AOE 3)

Underway in the Atlantic on 1 October 1983 as first modified with a MK-29 Sea Sparrow missile launcher replacing the forward pair of 3"/50 mounts and the after pair of 3"/50 mounts now with shields.

Photo No. DN-SC-87-05353
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Seattle (AOE 3) on 1 October 1983
USS Seattle (AOE 3)

Conducting an underway replenishment operation with the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60) on 24 March 1986. Seattle's original four 3"/50 twin gun mounts have been replaced by a MK-29 Sea Sparrow missile launcher forward and two close-in weapons system (CIWS) mounts aft.

Photo No. DN-SC-87-00429
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Seattle (AOE 3) on 24 March 1986
USS Camden (AOE 2)

Underway in the Pacific on 1 August 1987. Her original four 3"/50 twin gun mounts have been replaced by a MK-29 Sea Sparrow missile launcher forward and two close-in weapons system (CIWS) mounts aft.

Photo No. DN-SC-89-08877
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Camden (AOE 2) on 1 August 1987
USS Sacramento (AOE 1)

Replenishing the battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64), foreground, on 8 August 1991 as the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63), background, steams nearby after completing her replenishment. The ships were in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield. They were related in that Sacramento had half of the propulsion plant of the battleships' incomplete sister, Kentucky (BB 66). Sacramento's original four 3"/50 twin gun mounts have been replaced by a MK-29 Sea Sparrow missile launcher forward and two close-in weapons system (CIWS) mounts aft.

Photo No. DN-ST-92-02363
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Sacramento (AOE 1) on 8 August  1991
USS Detroit (AOE 4)

A view of the forward deck of the ship on 5 March 1999 with its cargo and fuel handling facilities while replenishing the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) to port and the guided missile frigate USS Nicholas (FFG 47) to starboard in the Mediterranean Sea.

Photo No. DN-SD-02-03124
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USS Detroit (AOE 4) on 5 March 1999