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Release No: 028-95
January 20, 1995



The Navy will hold a commissioning ceremony for the fast combat support ship Rainier (AOE 7) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 21, 1995 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington.

Representative Norman Dicks of Washington will be the ceremony's principal speaker. Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations, will also speak. Suzanne Dicks, wife of the principal speaker and Rainier's Sponsor, will also attend the ceremony.

Rainier is named in honor of Washington's tallest mountain. Two previous ships have borne this name, a patrol craft which served during World War I, and an ammunition ship (AE 5) which earned four battle stars for service in the Korean Conflict, and eight stars during the Vietnam Conflict.

Rainier is the second ship of four authorized for construction in the Navy's new Fast Combat Support Class. Rainier is a large replenishment ship designed to operate in support of a joint task group, providing petroleum products, munitions, and other supplies to aircraft carriers and surface combatants. These ships are intended to replace the aging ammunition ships (AE) of the Nitro and Suribachi Classes, and subsequently, the combat store ships (AFS) of the Mars and Lyness Classes.

Rainier is 754 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 107 feet and displaces approximately 49,000 tons fully loaded. The ship will have a crew of 550 including 28 officers, and 32 chief petty officers. Approximately 20 percent of the crew will be women. Captain Thomas P. Danaher, U.S. Navy, a native of Atchison, Kansas, will be the ship's commanding officer.

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