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AD-41 Yellowstone

Despite their title, destroyer tenders service a variety of ships besides destroyers. The Yellowstone, Gompers and Dixie 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.

These ships, so vital to fleet operations, range in age from the Dixie class ship Prairie (AD 15), commissioned in 1940, to the new Shenandoah (AD 44), commissioned in late 1983. Because of the advent of nuclear power and the phenomenal advancement in electronics and weaponry, AD capabilities have had to be vastly increased. The Gompers and Yellowstone classes are the first of post-World War II design; however, more than 15 years elapsed between the launching of the second of the Gompers class, Puget Sound (AD 38), and Yellowstone (AD 41).


Builder National Steel and Shipbuilding
Power Plant Two boilers, steam turbines,
one shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower
Length Overall Length: 642 ft
Waterline Length: 620 ft
Beam Extreme Beam: 85 ft
Waterline Beam: 67 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 27 ft
Draft Limit: 25 ft
Displacement Light Displacement: 13315 tons
Full Displacement: 20263 tons
Dead Weight: 6948 tons
Speed20 knots ( mph)
Aircraft None


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Yellowstone AD 41NASSCONorfolk15 Dec 197528 Jun 198031 Jan 1996
Acadia AD 42NASSCOSan Diego11 Mar 197606 Jun 198116 Dec 1994
Cape CodAD 43NASSCOSan Diego30 Sep 197714 Apr 198229 Sep 1995
ShenandoahAD 44NASSCONorfolk12 Jun 197915 Jun 198313 Sep 1996

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