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AD-37 Samuel Gompers

Despite their title, destroyer tenders service a variety of ships besides destroyers. The Gompers class destroyer tenders can provide battle damage repair, maintenance and logistics support to ships at anchor or moored to a pier, in a wartime environment. The Gompers class can accommodate ships up to and including the highly complex nuclear-powered missile cruisers. The crews are formed mainly of technicians and repair crews. These Destroyer Tenders have a helicopter platform and hangar, and are equipped with two 30 ton and two 6 ton cranes. They can provide simultaneous services to as many as five ships moored along side.

Because of the advent of nuclear power and the phenomenal advancement in electronics and weaponry, AD capabilities had to be vastly increased. The Gompers class was the first of post-World War II design. More than 15 years elapsed between the launching of the second of the Gompers class, Puget Sound (AD 38), and first of the subsequent class, the USS Yellowstone (AD 41).


Power Plant steam turbines
Length Overall 645 ft
Waterline 620 ft
Beam Extreme Beam: 85 ft
Waterline Beam: 85 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 28 ft
Draft Limit: 30 ft
Displacement Light Displacement: 13,458 tons
Full Displacement: 20,132 tons
Dead Weight: 6,674 tons
Speed knots ( mph)
Crew Officers: 136
Enlisted: 1671


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Samuel GompersAD 37 Puget Sound NSY31 Oct 196301 Jul 196727 Oct 1995
Puget Sound AD 38 Puget Sound NSY 20 Dec 196427 Apr 196827 Jan 1996
AD 40 authorized but never awarded, cancelled 01 Apr 1974

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