USS TIDE WATER (AD-31)
Tidewater (AD-31) was laid down on 27 November 1944 at the Charleston Navy Yard; launched on 30 June 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Robert N. S. Baker;
and commissioned at Charleston,
S.C., on 19 February 1946, Capt. Frank
H. Ball in command.
Since World War II ended
some five months before the destroyer tender was placed in commission, she remained active only long enough to complete sea trials. She did not report for duty with the active
fleet but was decommissioned and
ordered to the reserve group berthed
at Charleston. There, she became accommodation
ship for members of the staff of the Commander, Submarine Group 3. That duty continued through the outbreak and first 15 months of
hostilities in Korea. By that time,
the increased need for ships to support
United Nations land forces fighting in that Asian country brought the destroyer
tender into her first real active service. On 2 October 1951, Tidewater
was recommissioned at Charleston, S.C.,
Capt. Harold S. Harnly in command.
Tidewater, however, did not participate directly in the
hostilities that brought her back to active duty. Instead, between late 1951 and early 1954, she operated exclusively along the eastern seaboard of the
United States. After shakedown training in the Chesapeake Bay area, she reported for duty with
Destroyer Flotilla (DesFlot) 4 in
February 1952. At her home port,
Norfolk, Va., she supported the destroyers of DesFlot 4 with her repair facilities. Over the next two years, the ship departed that port on a number of occasions to participate in various exercises.
During the fall of 1952, Tidewater
joined ships of other NATO powers in Exercise "Mainbrace"
for six weeks of training. The
following February, she joined other Navy ships in the Caribbean for her
first of many annual "Springboard"
exercises, after which she resumed duty at Norfolk tending the destroyers of DesFlot 4. In July 1953, the destroyer tender moved south to
Charleston to render her services to
the ships of the Mine Force. She
returned to Norfolk in mid-August and entered
the naval shipyard for overhaul on the 12th. At the completion of overhaul, she put to sea for the Carribean and
refresher training on 2 November. Tidewater returned to
Norfolk on 1 December and resumed tending
destroyers until February 1954 when she headed south to participate in her second "Springboard" exercise. Upon completion of that duty,
the destroyer tender headed across
the Atlantic for her first
deployment with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean.
With that assignment, Tidewater
set a pattern which endured for
the remainder of her Navy career. Over the
next 13 years, she made 10 deployments to the Mediterranean, alternating that service with 2d Fleet duty along the Atlantic coast of the United
States. During each tour of duty with
the 6th Fleet, she made port calls at various harbors along the length of the "middle-sea" littoral. While serving on
her fourth deployment in the summer
of 1960, the destroyer tender had the
honor to play host to Queen Fredricka of Greece. Her eighth deployment to the Mediterranean came in the spring of 1967, just before the
outbreak of the Six-Day War between
the Arabs and Israel. During that
brief conflict, Tidewater hurried to Suda Bay, Crete, where she served as an advanced base ship for 6th Fleet units standing watch in the
eastern Mediterranean for the duration
When not in the
Mediterranean, she busied herself in
support of the warships of the Atlantic Fleet from her base at Norfolk, Va., and at other ports along
the eastern seaboard. When in the area, she joined in various exercises, most
frequently in Operation "Springboard," the annual Carribean-based
exercise conducted by the ships of
the Atlantic Fleet. She also underwent periodic
overhauls to refurbish herself and modernize her equipment. The most
significant of those occurred in
June 1962 when, at the conclusion of her fifth Mediterranean tour, she entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard
for an extensive overhaul which
included the installation of a
helicopter pad and concomitant equipment to expand her logistics support capabilities.
Tidewater completed her 10th Mediterranean deployment on 2 May 1969. She resumed tender duty with the warships of the Atlantic Fleet out of Norfolk
and remained so occupied through the
end of the year and into 1970. In
August 1970, she received word that she would be decommissioned the following spring. She served as flagship for the Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group 4, from 10 September until 13
November, at which time she began
preparations for inactiva-tion. On 4
January, the United States Navy agreed to lease Tidewater to the Indonesian Navy upon decommissioning.
Accordingly, when she was placed out of commission at Norfolk on 20 February 1971, she was turned over to the Indonesian Navy and
recommissioned as Dumai, Col.
Mardianus Aruf in command. Since then, Dumai has remained active
with the Indonesian Navy.
[Note: The above USS TIDE WATER (AD-31) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS TIDE WATER (AD-31), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]