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U.S.S. SHENADOAH

(AD-26)

PERFECTUM SERVITIA

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USS SHENADOAH (AD-26) - a Shenandoah-class destroyer tender

In Commission 1945 to 1980

AD-26 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1944 Keel Date: 16 SEP 1944
at Todd Pacific Shipyards Seattle WA
MAR 1945 Launch Date: 29 MAR 1945
AUG 1945 Commissioned: 13 AUG 1945
JAN 1951 - JAN 1953 Inchon Landing
JUN 1951 - JUN 1953 Inchon Landing
JUN 1951 - JUN 1953 Inchon Landing
JUL 1951 - JUN 1953 Inchon Landing
OCT 1954 - MAR 1955 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1956 - APR 1957 Dry Dock
JAN 1959 - JAN 1963 Mediterranean
JAN 1959 - JAN 1963 Mediterranean
JUN 1965 - DEC 1965 Mediterranean
JAN 1966 - APR 1966 Caribbean
FEB 1966 - FEB 1966 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1966 - DEC 1966 Mediterranean
JAN 1967 - JAN 1968 Mediterranean
APR 1970 - AUG 1970 Mediterranean
APR 1970 - AUG 1970 Mediterranean
MAY 1973 - OCT 1973 Mediterranean
NOV 1976 - APR 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1979 - JAN 1979 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1979 - OCT 1979 Mediterranean
APR 1980 Decommissioned: 1 APR 1980

AD-26 General Specifications

Complement: 1035 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 11755 tons

Length: 492 feet

Beam: 69 feet 6 inches

Draft: 27 feet 6 in

Flank Speed: 18 knots



USS SHENADOAH (AD-26)



The third Shenandoah (AD-26) was laid down on 16 September 1944 by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc., Ta-coma, Wash.; launched on 29 March 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Daniel Hunt; and commissioned on 13 August 1945, Capt. Albert C. Burrows in command.

Shenandoah completed her fitting out in December and sailed to the east coast, via the Panama Canal, where she reported for duty with Destroyer Force, United States Atlantic Fleet in January 1946. Until June 1947 she tended destroyers in various east coast ports; primarily at Norfolk, her homeport. The tender deployed on her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet from June through August 1947. In the next 20 years, she was assigned 13 more tours in the Mediterranean.

Shenandoah's most publicized tour of duty was in 1964. She won international acclaim for her heroic rescue of the crew of the Dutch merchant ship Doris. The freighter broke loose from her moorings during the height of a storm and became impaled upon the rocks of Molo San Vincenzo in Naples' outer harbor. A line was run to the freighter by the crew of the Shenandoah, and all aboard were rescued minutes before Doris rolled over and sank.

The destroyer tender also won recognition in 1965 for her repairs to the bow of the carrier Shangri-La (CV-38) which had collided with a destroyer during maneuvers.

Shenandoah was awarded the Battle Efficiency Pennant for her competence in destroyer tending in 1952 and 1956. She was awarded the Engineering E in 1958 and 1965, and the Supply E in 1962, 1963, and 1967. Shenandoah was again deployed with the 6th Fleet in 1968, 1970, and 1973. She returned to her home port on 15 December 1973 and into July 1974 is tending ships on the east coast.

[Note: The above USS SHENADOAH (AD-26) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SHENADOAH (AD-26), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]