USS Seattle (AOE-3)
The second USS Seattle (AOE-3), a Sacramento-class fast combat support ship, was laid down on October 1, 1965, at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington; launched on March 2, 1968; sponsored by Mrs. William M. Allen, Chairman of the Board of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital Association, Seattle; and commissioned on April 5, 1969, Capt. Bruce Keener III in command.
After fitting out, Seattle departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on September 24, 1969, en route to Norfolk. Seattle visited Long Beach, San Diego, Acapulco, the Panama Canal, and New Orleans, arriving at Norfolk, her designated home port, on November 22.