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The USS GRAND CANYON (AD-28), a Shenadoah class destroyer tender, was commissioned on 5 APR 1946. USS GRAND CANYON served her country for 32 years, 4 months and 27 days, until decommissioned on 1 SEP 1978. Built in Tacoma, Washington, USS GRAND CANYON was launched in April 1945, but with World War II ebbing, was not commissioned until April 1946. After shakedown, GRAND CANYON transited the Panama Canal in July 1946 and sailed on to her homeport of Newport, RI. In September 1946 she began a long series of Mediterranean deployment that lasted through out her entire career. GRAND CANYON tended the destroyers serving as the Cuban Blockade force in October 1962. GRAND CANYON was re-designated AR-28, a general purpose repair ship on 11 March 1971. She continued living up to her motto, "CAN DO", until her decommissioning in September 1978. USS GRAND CANYON was scrapped in 1980.

The USS GRAND CANYON (AD-28) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AD-28 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
OCT 1944 - Keel Date: 16 OCT 1944
at Todd Pacific Shipyards Seattle WA
APR 1945 - Launch Date: 27 APR 1945
APR 1946 - Commissioned: 5 APR 1946
SEP 1946 - MAR 1947 Mediterranean
NOV 1946 - APR 1947 Mediterranean
NOV 1947 - MAR 1948 Mediterranean
AUG 1948 - DEC 1948 Mediterranean
DEC 1948 - DEC 1948 Carried Michaelangelo's on loan to US statue of David to US
JUN 1949 - JUN 1949 Returned statue of David back to Italy
JUL 1949 - NOV 1949 Mediterranean
OCT 1950 - MAR 1951 Mediterranean
AUG 1951 - AUG 1951 Navy battle efficiency E awarded
JAN 1952 - MAY 1952 Mediterranean
APR 1952 - APR 1952 The Mystic Order Of The Flying Carpet for Dardanelles passage
JUN 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1956 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1956 - Shellback Initiation - 6 JUN 1956 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1957 - OCT 1957 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR 1958 - APR 1958 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 12 JUN 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1958 - NOV 1958 Mediterranean
OCT 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 12 OCT 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 11 NOV 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1958 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN 1963 - JUN 1963 Mediterranean
JAN 1964 - MAR 1964 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1964 - SEP 1966 Mediterranean
JAN 1965 - JUL 1965 Mediterranean
MAR 1966 - SEP 1966 Mediterranean
JUL 1966 - SEP 1966 Mediterranean
MAR 1967 - JUL 1967 Regular Overhaul
AUG 1967 - SEP 1967 Guantanamo Bay
NOV 1967 - APR 1968 Mediterranean
SEP 1968 - OCT 1968 Scotland and Netherlands
APR 1969 - DEC 1969 Mediterranean
JUL 1970 - SEP 1970 Charleston South Carolina
OCT 1970 - MAR 1971 Mediterranean
SEP 1971 - SEP 1971 Halifax Nova Scotia
JAN 1972 - APR 1972 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1972 - FEB 1972 Caribbean
FEB 1972 - SEP 1972 Caribbean
JAN 1973 - JAN 1973 Caribbean
FEB 1973 - MAR 1973 Caribbean
SEP 1978 - Decommissioned: 1 SEP 1978

AD-28 General Specifications

Complement: 977 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 11755 tons

Length: 492 feet

Beam: 69 feet 6 inches

Draft: 28 feet

Flank Speed: 18 knots


Grand Canyon (AD-28) was launched 27 April 1945 by Todd-Pacific Shipyard, Inc., Tacoma, Wash.: sponsored by Mrs. W. L. Mann; and commissioned 5 April 1946, Captain W. D. Hoover in command.

After brief shakedown off the coast of southern California Grand Canyon departed Port Townsend, Wash., 26 June 1946 en route Newport, R.I., via the Canal Zone. She arrived Newport 20 July. Assigned the task of keeping our destroyers in operation, Grand Canyon cleared Newport 17 September 1946 for her first tour with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. After a visit to Palermo, Sicily, and a 41/-month stay at Naples she returned to the States, arriving Norfolk 1 March 1947.

Between 1 November 1947 and 12 November 1954 Grand Canyon continued her support of 6th Fleet destroyers, making six Mediterranean deployments. During this time she participated in some of the largest peacetime service operations ever undertaken.

Grand Canyon continued her tender duties in the U.S. until 24 September 1956 when she again departed for the the Mediterranean for her eighth tour. By 20 October the Suez Crisis had reached the serious stage and the majority of the 6th Fleet proceeded into the Eastern Mediterranean. During this period Grand Canyon, as flagship, took part in fleet exercises and visited the ports of August Bay, Sicily; Messina, Sicily and Taranto, Italy. As the Suez problem subsided she sailed for Cannes, France, 20 December, in time for the Christmas holidays. Grand Canyon returned to Fall River, Mass., 13 March 1957.

The third of September 1957 found Grand Canyon underway with other units of the Atlantic Fleet, this time to participate in NATO fall exercises. By the 16th she had crossed the Arctic Circle operating west of Norway. After visits to Trosmo, Norway and Portland, England, Grand Canyon returned Newport, R.I. 21 October.

Grand Canyon continued her tender duties out of Fall River, Mass., until 1 August 1958 when she sailed for Suda Bay, Crete, to support the 6th Fleet in operations off Lebanon. For the next 4 months she supported destroyers and other types while helping to stabilize the situation and block aggression in Asia Minor. Besides Suda Bay, Grand Canyon visited Izmir, Turkey; Athens, Greece; Naples, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain, before returning home in December.

Grand Canyon spent most of 1959 with tender duties at Newport except for duty at Charleston, S.C., between 29 August 1959 and 11 January 1960. She cleared Charleston 11 January 1960 to participate in Operation "Springboard," returning to Newport 7 February; thence to Bermuda and New York before returning to Newport. Between October 1960 and August 1961 Grand Canyon tended ships at Newport, Boston, and Norfolk.

After her ninth Mediterranean tour August 1961 to March 1962 Grand Canyon returned to Newport and again took up her duties there until the fall. She proceeded to San Juan, P.R., arriving 3 November 1961 to start tending ships of the South Atlantic Blockading Fleet during the Cuban missile crisis and subsequent quarantine. Grand Canyon again helped demonstrate the mobility and versitility of sea power. She returned to Newport 5 December.

Grand Canyon made her tenth deployment to the Mediterranean between 6 February and 27 June 1963. The ship entered Bethlehem Steel Yards, East Boston, Mass., for modernization and refitting. With the completion of modernization 3 January 1964, Grand Canyon sailed for Guantanamo Bay and San Juan, P.R., on training cruises. Returning to Mayport, Fla., 11 May, she tended destroyers there until her departure for Newport, R.I., 20 June for similar duties at that station.

On 27 November, Grand Canyon, departed Newport for her llth Mediterranean cruise, relieving Shenandoah (AD-26) as 6th Fleet tender. She reached Palma, Mallorca, December and until 16 April 1965 tended ships in French, Italian, and Spainsh ports. After returning to Newport 27 April, she served there and at Norfolk, Va., during the next 11 months. Between 29 March 1966 and 12 August she again served ships of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. During the remainder of the year she operated out of Newport. Into 1967 Grand Canyon continued to provide tender and repair facilities for destroyer-type ships of the Atlantic Fleet and the mighty 6th Fleet.

[Note: The above USS GRAND CANYON (AD-28) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS GRAND CANYON (AD-28), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]