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U.S.S. CASCADE

(AD-16)

WE SERVE

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The USS CASCADE (AD-16), a Civilian Conversion to a Destroyer Tender, was commissioned on 12 MAR 1943. USS CASCADE served her country for 31 years, 8 months and 10 days, until decommissioned on 22 NOV 1974. Commissioned in the midst of WW II, CASCADE headed west to tended to the war effort against the Japanese. Moving towards Japan in steps, CASCADE finished the war on occupation duty and returned to the US in March 1946. She was decommissioned in 1947 and placed in reserve. CASCADE was recommissioned in 1951 and through 1974 tended the East Coast based destroyer squadrons. She routinely deployed to the Mediterranean and was homeported in Naples, Italy from March 1971 to October 1974. Upon her return to the US, she was decommissioned in November 1974 and then scrapped in 1975-76.

The USS CASCADE (AD-16) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AD-16 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1942 - Launch Date: 6 JUN 1942
MAR 1943 - Commissioned: 12 MAR 1943
NOV 1943 - Shellback Initiation - 19 NOV 1943 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1944 - Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1944 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1944 - JUL 1944 South America
JUL 1945 - MAR 1946 Kamikaze attacks off Okinawa (battle star)
FEB 1952 - MAR 1952 Caribbean
JAN 1953 - JUL 1953 Mediterranean
SEP 1953 - OCT 1953 North Atlantic
JAN 1955 - MAR 1955 Caribbean
JUN 1956 - DEC 1956 Mediterranean
FEB 1958 - AUG 1958 Mediterranean
JAN 1960 - JAN 1961 Mediterranean
MAY 1961 - AUG 1961 Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN 1962 - OCT 1962 Mediterranean
JAN 1966 - JAN 1967 Mediterranean
FEB 1966 - APR 1966 Recovery of lost H-bomb off coast of Palomares Spain.
JUN 1966 - JAN 1967 Mediterranean
JAN 1969 - JAN 1969 Sea Trials
MAY 1969 - FEB 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1971 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN 1970 - JUL 1970 Sea Trials
JUN 1970 - JUL 1970 SEA TRIALS AT GTMO
JUL 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1970 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1970 - FEB 1971 North Atlantic
JAN 1971 - JAN 1973 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1971 - OCT 1974 Homeported in Naples Italy
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 5 AUG 1974 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 5 AUG 1974 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1974 - Decommissioned: 22 NOV 1974

AD-16 General Specifications

Complement: 826 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 9250 tons

Length: 492 feet

Beam: 69 feet 9 inches

Draft: 27 feet 6 in

Flank Speed: 18 knots



USS CASCADE (AD-16)



Cascade (AD-16) was launched 6 June 1942 by Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, Calif.; sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Grosse; and commissioned 12 March 1943, Captain S. B. Ogden in command.

Cascade cleared San Francisco 12 June 1943 for Pearl Harbor, where she began her war time duty of tending destroyers. As the war moved westward, Cascade followed, to bring her support close to the action areas. From November 1943, she was stationed successively at Kwajalein, Eniwetok, and Ulithi, while the ships she served ranged the Pacific, escorting convoys, screening carrier task forces, supporting invasions, and carrying out many other tasks with typical destroyer versatility.

In June 1945, Cascade sailed to Okinawa, where she endured the suicide raids and typhoon weather along with the combatants through September. She served in Wakayama Wan, and at Tokyo, Japan supporting the occupation until March 1946, when she sailed for the east coast. Cascade was decommissioned and placed in service in reserve at Philadelphia 12 February 1947.

Recommissioned 5 April 1951, Cascade was based on Newport, R.I., as tender for the many destroyers home-ported there. From this port she has cruised to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean for training and to support destroyers deployed in those areas. On these cruises Cascade has carried the flags of Commander, Service Force, 6th Fleet, and Comander, Destroyer Flotilla 6; she has also served as flagship for Commander, Destroyer Force, Atlantic, on occasion. The tender has carried out these duties through 1963.

Cascade received one battle star for World War II service.

[Note: The above USS CASCADE (AD-16) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS CASCADE (AD-16), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]