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U.S.S. YELLOWSTONE

(AD-41)

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The USS YELLOWSTONE (AD-41), a Yellowstone-class destroyer tender, was commissioned on 28 JUN 1980. USS YELLOWSTONE was built by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, California, and after fit out and shake down steaming, moved to her homeport of Norfolk, Virginia. In 1981 she "turned to" with the first of a series of deployments that make up the work of a destroyer tender - supporting the fleet where needed. Until her decommission YELLOWSTONE deployed to the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Caribbean and Indian Ocean during Operation Desert shield and Desert Storm. The early 1990s brought a draw down of the US Navy, and excess destroyer tenders. USS YELLOWSTONE served her country for just 15 years, 7 months and 3 days, until decommissioned on 31 JAN 1996. YELLOWSTONE is laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Fort Eustis, VA

The USS YELLOWSTONE (AD-41) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AD-41 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AD-41 Shellback Initiation Add a AD-41 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN1977-Keel Date: 27 JUN 1977
at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
JAN1979-Launch Date: 27 JAN 1979
JAN1980-JAN1986Decommisioning
JUN1980-Commissioned: 28 JUN 1980
AUG1980-SEP1980Panama Canal
OCT1980-NOV1980Guantanamo Bay
JUN1981-OCT1981North Atlantic
JUN1981-Shellback Initiation - 15 JUN 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1981-Shellback Initiation - 12 SEP 1981 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1982-Shellback Initiation - 25 FEB 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1982-Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1982-APR1982North Atlantic
JUN1983-JUN1983Caribbean
JUN1983-JUN1983Cuban Missle Blockade
FEB1984-MAY1984North Atlantic
FEB1984-FEB1984Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1985-DEC1985Mediterranean
JAN1985-SEP1987Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR1985-MAR1985Captain Buford Tried to Capsize the Ship and kill us all!
JUN1985-JAN1986Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1985-FEB1986Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1985-FEB1986Mediterranean
JAN1986-JAN1986Mediterranean
APR1986-AUG1986Mediterranean
SEP1986-OCT1986Dry Dock
APR1987-AUG1987Mediterranean
AUG1987-JAN1988Mediterranean
AUG1988-FEB1989Mediterranean
NOV1989-DEC1989Guantanamo Bay
AUG1990-APR1991Desert Shield
AUG1990-MAR1991Desert Storm
JAN1991-JAN1993Desert Storm
MAR1991-NOV1993Desert Storm
AUG1991-APR1992Desert Storm
APR1992-NOV1992Mediterranean
MAY1992-NOV1992Mediterranean
NOV1992-MAY1993North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN1993-JAN1994North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
DEC1993-APR1994Mediterranean
JAN1995-FEB1995Caribbean
JAN1996-Decommissioned: 31 JAN 1996

AD-41 General Specifications

Class: Yellowstone-class destroyer tender

Complement: 87 Officers and 1508 Enlisted

Displacement: 20263 tons

Length: 642 feet

Beam: 85 feet

Draft: 27 feet



USS YELLOWSTONE (AD-41)



The third Yellowstone (AD-41) was laid down on 2 June 1977 at San Diego, Calif., by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 27 January 1979; and sponsored by Mrs. Donald C. Davis, the wife of Admiral Donald C. Davis, the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet. Yellowstone is slated to be delivered to the Navy in mid-January of 1980 and should join the fleet in the middle of the year.

[Note: The above USS YELLOWSTONE (AD-41) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS YELLOWSTONE (AD-41), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]