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USS Ashtabula The USS Ashtabula AO-51 was the finest Fleet Oiler to ever steam across the seas. As all Navy men know, the true heart and soul of a ship is its crew. The Ashtabula was manned by the best sailors and officers ever to carry a seabag across the brow. A special thanks goes out to fellow crew member Paul McGinty who founded this website when the ship was laid to rest in the year 2000. If you served aboard the USS Ashtabula, please register so that you can keep in touch with your old Navy buddies and enjoy all membership privileges. In honor of the USS Ashtabula and its crew, this website is dedicated to “Haze Grey and Underway”!