United States Warships with Volcano Names


The US Navy has, over the years, had 36 ships designated AE.

These were/are ammunition supply vessels, the majority of which bore the names of volcanoes or explosives.

Someone in the Naval hierarchy must have had a wry sense of humor.

Two were converted AKA's (Attack Cargo Ships),

the remainder fall into six classes: the Pyro, Lassen, Sangay, Wrangell, Suribachi/Nitro and, most recently, Kilauea Classes.

Fortunately, only one has ever been lost, Mt. Hood (AE-11), which exploded in unexplained circumstances during WWII.


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Lassen Class (AE1 to 9,11,13)

Sangay Class (AE10)

Wrangell Class (AE12, 14-19)

Suribachi Class (AE21-25)

Kilauea Class (AE26-35)


Not illustrated as yet are:


Another ship with a volcanic Name is the USS Vulcan, actually there have been three USS Vulcan's.

The third was AR-5, a Repair Ship, launched 14th December 1940 and commissioned 16th June, 1941.

At the time it was decommissioned on September 30th, 1991, it was the second oldest ship in the US Navy.

It was built by the NY based SB Corporation and based in Norfolk.

It holds the distinction of being the first US Navy ship to employ women (apart from nurses).

Cover below courtesy of Jim Gaul.

Some covers courtesy of Matt Liebson

Who got me started on this!!!

Also thanks to Randy Kimes and Dan Jacobs for others.

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