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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
JUN1942-Launch Date: 6 JUN 1942
MAR1943-Commissioned: 12 MAR 1943
NOV1943-Shellback Initiation - 19 NOV 1943 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1944-Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1944 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1944-JUL1944South America
JUL1945-MAR1946Kamikaze attacks off Okinawa (battle star)
FEB1952-MAR1952Caribbean
JAN1953-JUL1953Mediterranean
SEP1953-OCT1953North Atlantic
JAN1955-MAR1955Caribbean
JUN1956-DEC1956Mediterranean
FEB1958-AUG1958Mediterranean
JAN1960-JAN1961Mediterranean
FEB1960-AUG1961Cuban Missle Blockade
MAY1961-AUG1961Cuban Missle Blockade
MAY1961-AUG1961Cuban Missle Blockade
JUN1962-OCT1962Mediterranean
JAN1964-MAR1964Caribbean
APR1965-SEP1965Dry Dock
JAN1966-JAN1967Mediterranean
FEB1966-APR1966Recovery of lost H-bomb off coast of Palomares Spain.
JUN1966-JAN1967Mediterranean
JAN1969-JAN1969Sea Trials
MAY1969-FEB1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1970-JAN1971North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUN1970-JUL1970Sea Trials
JUN1970-JUL1970SEA TRIALS AT GTMO
JUL1970-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1970- Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1970- Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1970-FEB1971North Atlantic
JUL1970-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1970 - Indian Ocean
JAN1971-JAN1973Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR1971-OCT1974Homeported in Naples Italy
AUG1974-Shellback Initiation - 5 AUG 1974 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1974- Shellback Initiation - 5 AUG 1974 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV1974-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]