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Shasta

 

An extinct volcano in northern California.

 

II

 

(AE-33: dp. 18,088 (f.) ; l1. 564'; b. 81'; dr. 25'8"; s. 20 k.; cpl. 401; a. 8 3"; cl. Kilauea)

 

The second Shasta's keel was laid on 10 November 1969 by the Ingalls Ship Building Division, Litton Systems, Inc., of Pascagoula, Miss. Sponsored by Mrs. Ralph W. Cousins, wife of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, she was launched at Pasagoula on 3 April 1971. The Navy took possession of Shasta on 4 February 1972 at Charleston, S.C., where she was commissioned on 26 February, Capt. Warren C. Graham, Jr., in command.

 

Shasta departed Charleston on 22 May 1972 for shakedown training in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After completing the training and making a brief visit to Kingston, Jamaica, she steamed out of Guantanamo Bay on 10 June 1972, bound for her home port, Concord, Calif. Along the way, Shasta called at Cartagena, Colombia; Panama City, Canal Zone; and Acapulco, Mexico. She arrived at Concord on 3 July.

 

Shasta then underwent ship's qualification trials, final contract trials, and other preparations for her deployment to the western Pacific which began on 3 January 1973. As of 17 September 1974, Shasta was operating in Far Eastern waters.