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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
FEB 1965 Keel Date: 15 FEB 1965
at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Bremerton WA
SEP 1966 Launch Date: 16 SEP 1966
APR 1968 Commissioned: 27 APR 1968
JAN 1970 - JUN 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1971 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 20 JUL 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1972 - OCT 1972 Operation Pegasus move dependents of Desron 12 to Naples
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 29 DEC 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN 1976 - DEC 1976 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN 1976 - DEC 1976 Mediterranean
JAN 1978 - JUL 1978 Mediterranean
JUN 1978 - DEC 1978 Mediterranean
OCT 1978 - OCT 1979 Regular Overhaul
MAR 1980 - MAR 1980 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1980 - JAN 1983 Mediterranean
JUN 1980 - OCT 1985 Mediterranean
JUL 1981 - DEC 1982 Mediterranean
JAN 1982 - JAN 1985 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1983 - JAN 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1983 - JAN 1983 beirut lebanon
JAN 1983 - JAN 1983 Beirut Lebanan
JUL 1985 - JUL 1985 Dependents Cruise
NOV 1986 - MAY 1987 Mediterranean
OCT 1988 - NOV 1988 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
FEB 1989 - JUN 1989 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
MAY 1989 Shellback Initiation - 15 MAY 1989 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 4 MAY 1989 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1991 - JUN 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - JUN 1991 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY 1991 - AUG 1991 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1992 - APR 1993 Mediterranean
OCT 1992 - APR 1993 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1992 - FEB 1996 Desert Storm
DEC 1992 - FEB 1996 Desert Storm
JUN 1994 - DEC 1994 Mediterranean
JUL 1995 - FEB 1996 Mediterranean
JAN 1996 Decommissioned: 27 JAN 1996
JUL 1997 - JUL 1997 Dependents 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]