PYRO (AE-24)

Year Built
Official Number
Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding Division
General Type
Naval Auxiliary
Specific Type
AE Ammunition Ship
Ship Length
487.00 feet
72.00 feet
Mast Height
Net Tons
Gross Tons
15981.00 tons
Cargo Capacity
Draft, Summer
25.60 tons
Draft, Lightweight
Displacement, Summer
15489.00 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
10042.00 tons
Immersion, Summer
Immersion, Lightweight
Sold - Scrap

Historical Narrative

USS Pyro was a U.S. Navy Nitro-class ammunition ship.  The ship was laid down on October 21, 1957, by Bethlehem-Sparrows Point Shipyard in Sparrows Point, Maryland. It was launched November 5, 1958, and commissioned on July 24, 1959 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Pyro was the fourth of a new class of ammunition ships designed from the hull up for carrying and transferring the latest in munitions and guided missiles at sea. 

Pyro had a long and successful career and earned the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon for its outstanding performance in servicing the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War. 

In early 1994, USS Pyro was decommissioned.  The vessel was placed into the Maritime Administration’s Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in Benicia, California on August 17, 2000.

On January 24, 2012, Pyro was removed from the fleet after it had been sold for dismantlement.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for USS Pyro.

Vessel Name History

PYRO (AE-24)


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Historical Documents
Name Download
PYRO (AE-24) Booklet of General Plans.pdf Default Generic Download Image


Event Date Content
8/17/2000 Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet as a US Navy asset
2/24/2001 MARAD accepted title for disposal.
Cleared Historic Review
6/21/2005 California SHPO cleared the ship for disposal on this date.
Interim Movement
1/25/2006 Sinkex Preparations IAW Contract #N00140-03C-A002
Interim Movement
3/3/2006 Returned from Sinkex Preparations
1/24/2012 Vessel sold for dismantlement

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Status Cards

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Date Type Name Download
10/13/2016 Historical PYRO (AE-24) Booklet of General Plans.pdf Default Generic Download Image


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