Allied Warships

USS Escalante (AO 70)

Oiler of the Chiwawa class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAO 70 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Sparrows Point, Maryland, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 
Launched29 Sep 1942 
Commissioned30 Jan 1943 
End service12 Dec 1945 

Decommissioned on 12 December 1945

Escalante's first assigned voyage was to Houston, Texas to pick up aviation fuel to transport to Cristobal, in the Canal Zone. Upon her return from Cristobal to Norfolk, Virginia she was assigned duty to the Atlantic Fleet, operating with Task Force 60 and 61. Her primary task was to transport fuel from Norfolk, Virginia to North Africa ports and refueling ships at sea. She made one voyage to Glascow, Scotland, prior to the Normandy Invasion, with the fueling of invading ships as her primary objective. Escalante's last voyage in the Atlantic was to Oran Algeria, which brought her a total of eight trans-Atlantic voyages. Escalante returned to the Norfolk Navy Yard for overhaul to fit her for duty in the Pacific. On 4 December 1944 she loaded fuel at Aruba, passed through the Panama Canal and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 26 December. She reported to Service Squadron 10 to operate mainly from Ulithi in refueling units of the 3d and 5th Fleets at sea and thereby taking part in the action against Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Japanese homeland. From 26 September 1945 until 20 October she fueled ships in Tokyo Bay and then set sail for San Francisco, arriving there on 31 October.


Commands listed for USS Escalante (AO 70)

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1Lt.Cdr. Clifford L Bolton, USNR30 Jan 1943??? (1)

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