U.S. Navy ammunition ships are frequently named for volcanos. During World War II, U.S. Navy ammunition ships were converted from merchant ships or specially built on merchant ship hulls, often of type C2. They were armed, and were manned by Navy crews. Several of them were destroyed in spectacular explosions during the war. Notable among them was USS Mount Hood, which exploded in the Admiralty Islands on November 10, 1944.
Contemporary U.S. ammunition ships of the Kilauea class are specially designed for their mission, which also includes carrying dry and refrigerated cargo. They are unarmed and are manned by civilian crews.
- ↑ "AE Ammunition Ships". GlobalSecurity.org. Archived from the original on 15 August 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080815160706/http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/ae.htm. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- ↑ Dictionary of American Fighting Ships (DANFS), Naval Vessel Register, Ammunition Ships.
- ↑ "Lewis & Clark Class Auxiliary Cargo and Ammunition Ship (T-AKE)". Joint Interoperability Test Command web site. http://jitc.fhu.disa.mil/washops/jtca/take.html. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
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