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U.S.S. PUGET SOUND

(AD-38)

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USS Puget Sound (AD-38) keel was laid February 15, 1965. She was launched September 16, 1966 and after fitting out was commissioned April 27, 1968, with CAPT. Richard Jacobs in command.

She was named for a sound of the Pacific Ocean reaching into the state of Washington 80 miles. The Bremterton Washington Navy Base is at the southern end of the Puget sound.

AD-38 was the second ship named USS Puget Sound. The first USS Puget Sound was a seaplane tender, AV-13. AV-13 was renamed USS Salisbury Sound in 1944.

After sea trials, USS Puget Sound transited the Panama Canal and then spent her entire srevice career with the Atlantic Fleet. At various times she was homeported in Newport, Rhode Island; Gaeta, Italy; and Norfolk, Virginia. Stateside duty was varied with Med and Caribbean deployments. While in Gaeta, Italy, she was the Flag Ship of Sixth Fleet. In the latter potion of her service career she supported Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield.

USS Puget Sound (AD-38) was decommisoned on 27 January 1996. Her hulk was sold to ESCO Marine of Brownsville, TX. ESCO completed her scrapping in March of 2009.

The USS Puget Sound (AD-38) operational history and significant events of her service career follow:

AD-38 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AD-38 Shellback Initiation Add a AD-38 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
FEB1965-Keel Date: 15 FEB 1965
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton WA
SEP1966-Launch Date: 16 SEP 1966
APR1968-Commissioned: 27 APR 1968
JAN1970-JUN1972West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1971-Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1971- Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1972-Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1972- Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1972-OCT1972Operation Pegasus move dependents of Desron 12 to Naples
AUG1972-OCT1972Dependents Cruise
DEC1972- Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1972- Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1972-Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1973-MAR1973Mediterranean
JAN1973-JAN1977Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP1974-JUN1978West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1974-JUN1978vietnam
JAN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean
JUN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean
JUN1976-DEC1976Mediterranean
JAN1977-JAN1980Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1978-JUN1978Mediterranean
JAN1978-JUL1978Mediterranean
JUN1978-DEC1978Mediterranean
OCT1978-OCT1979Regular Overhaul
MAR1980-MAR1980Guantanamo Bay
MAR1980-APR1982Became 6th flag ship Also received sailors (Female).
APR1980-JAN1983Mediterranean
JUN1980-OCT1985Mediterranean
JUL1981-DEC1982Mediterranean
JAN1982-JAN1985Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1983-JAN1983Beirut Lebanan
JAN1983-JAN1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1983-JAN1983beirut lebanon
JAN1983-DEC1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1983-DEC1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP1983-OCT1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1985-JUL1986Mediterranean
JUL1985-JUL1985Dependents Cruise
NOV1986-MAY1987Mediterranean
OCT1988-NOV1988Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
FEB1989-JUN1989Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY1989-Shellback Initiation - 4 MAY 1989 - Indian Ocean
MAY1989-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1989 - Indian Ocean
JUL1989-Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1989 - Indian Ocean
JAN1990-JAN1991Mediterranean
JAN1991-JUN1991Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1991-JUN1991Desert Storm
MAY1991-AUG1991Guantanamo Bay
JUN1991-APR1994Desert Storm
OCT1992-APR1993Mediterranean
OCT1992-APR1993Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC1992-FEB1996Desert Storm
JUN1994-DEC1994Mediterranean
JUL1995-FEB1996Mediterranean
JAN1996-Decommissioned: 27 JAN 1996
JUL1997-JUL1997Dependents Cruise

AD-38 General Specifications

Class: Samuel Gompers-class destroyer tender

Complement: 106 Officers and 1314 Enlisted

Displacement: 20500 tons

Length: 643 feet 1 inches

Beam: 85 feet

Draft: 35 feet

Final Disposition: Esco Marine Brownsville Texas; Scrapping began April 2008



USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38)



Puget Sound (AD-38), the second of the AD-37 class destroyer tenders, was laid down 15 February 1965 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.; launched 16 September 1966; sponsored by Mrs. Gale McGee, wife of the Senior United States Senator from Wyoming; and commissioned 27 April 1968 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Capt. R. B. Jacobs in command.

After outfitting and builders trials at Puget Sound, the new tender steamed 17 August on the first leg of her voyage to join the Atlantic Fleet. She called at San Francisco and Acapulco before shakedown at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 6 September through 4 October.

Calls at the Virgin Islands and Mayport, Fla. 6-13 October were followed by final acceptance trials. Puget Sound arrived Newport, R.I., her homeport, 16 October. After post-shakedown availability at Boston Naval Shipyard 15 November-13 December, the tender returned to Newport to commence her tending duties in earnest and to serve as Flagship for Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Atlantic. She serves the Fleet at Newport into 1970.

[Note: The above USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PUGET SOUND (AD-38), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]