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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
SEP1944-Keel Date: 16 SEP 1944
at Todd Pacific Shipyards Seattle WA
MAR1945-Launch Date: 29 MAR 1945
AUG1945-Commissioned: 13 AUG 1945
JAN1951-JAN1953Inchon Landing
JUN1951-JUN1953Inchon Landing
JUL1951-JUN1953Inchon Landing
MAY1952-NOV1952Mediterranean
OCT1954-MAR1955Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1956-APR1957Dry Dock
JAN1959-JAN1963Mediterranean
JAN1964-JAN1964Dry Dock
JUN1964-DEC1964Mediterranean
AUG1964-SEP1964Dry Dock
JUN1965-DEC1965Mediterranean
JAN1966-APR1966Caribbean
FEB1966-FEB1966Guantanamo Bay
JUN1966-DEC1966Mediterranean
JAN1967-JAN1968Mediterranean
JUN1967-DEC1967I left AD 26 of May
JAN1968-DEC1969Mediterranean
APR1968-SEP1968Mediterranean
APR1970-AUG1970Mediterranean
MAY1970-DEC1970Mediterranean
MAY1973-OCT1973Mediterranean
JUN1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
JUL1973-DEC1973Mediterranean
AUG1973-DEC1973Yom Kippur War
OCT1973-DEC1973Yom Kippur War
NOV1976-APR1977Mediterranean
JAN1979- Shellback Initiation - 1 JAN 1979 - Indian Ocean
JAN1979-JAN1979Guantanamo Bay
APR1979-OCT1979Mediterranean
APR1980-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]