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USS Orion AS-18

USS ORION was the sixth FULTON - class submarine tender and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. After almost exactly 50 years of service, the ORION was both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on September 3, 1993.

Veterans: 47
Latest Activity: Sep 7, 2017

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looking for my chief

Started by Dave Boomsma. Last reply by Craig R. Johnson Sep 10, 2014. 3 Replies

Deck Force (Boat Deck)

Started by Gene Wayne Taylor Oct 10, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by mike carlson bm1 (sw) on June 24, 2012 at 6:59pm

looking for shipmates that were on board 1977 time frame myself and others were in deck berthing ripping out the lagging in berthing area any way was full of asbestoes never put in my medical record ive now have severe case of c.o.p.d. and on oxygen looking for help on my v.a. claim.

Comment by mike carlson bm1 (sw) on April 19, 2012 at 8:20am

was my first ship 77-79 when i checked on board they put me down in supply berthing cause there were not racks in deck berthing every morn at 6am i see and hear people getting up changing inti civ cloths, i said dame let me get a shower and head out long story short i did same thing every day for a month before deck department knew i was on board, 21 yrs later i ret, oh iam still in the charleston area.

Comment by vernon j hoosier on March 25, 2012 at 4:27pm

i was aboard from 1952 to may 1955 in the torpedo shop

Comment by Greg Forester on November 24, 2011 at 10:02pm

The ORION was my first ship. 1984 to 1986. This was a great start to my navy days.

Comment by James Nettles on November 8, 2011 at 7:20pm

I was stationed on the USS Orion in 1993 to ride it back from La Maddalena Italy for decommissioning.  I was a DC-man assigned as an oil wiper with a lot of good people including now Masterchief DC-man Orlin Volmer.

Comment by Lawrence "Larry" Drury on October 14, 2011 at 9:29pm
Crossdecked from the Gilmore to the Orion in 1980  when she came to relieve the Gilmore. My family and I really enjoyed that tour and was sad to leave.
Comment by daniel marcus antoon on July 8, 2011 at 2:44am
I joined the US Navy 01/24/1991 the USS Orion AS-18 was my first ship. I meet her in along side the USS Belknap gieattia Italy. Then we returned home port to Sardinia la maddelena Italy. Until 1993 when the USS Simon Lakes took our place and the USS Orion crossed over to our new home port in Norfolk VA awaiting to be decomission.
Comment by Ronald Hensley on April 30, 2011 at 10:14pm
The Orion was my third tender after the USS PRAIRIE and USS HOLLAND. My brother and i served onboard while she was in La Madd during Desert Sheild and Desert Storm (around 93-95). Great group of guys onboard and living in Italy was an awesome experience.
Comment by Paul E Liles on March 16, 2011 at 8:46pm
Hello ... I was stationed on the Orion from December 1974 through April 1, 1975 and worked in R-5 Division.  Recently married, my wife came on board during the weekend while I was on duty.  The Captain apparently was on board before she arrived, but left shortly after she came on board. I almost died laughing when they announced "Orion departing" and she got all flustered thinking that the ship was going out to sea.
Comment by victor g coakley on December 13, 2010 at 1:35pm

I was on Orion from may 63- feb 66 I after 6 mo. of mess cook duty in chiefs mess I worked in the foundry, spent my entire tour of duty on orion, left as ML3, am looking for a couple of buddys, moulder K T Ross, storekeeper Willy Driggs, lots of good memories on that ship


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