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U.S.S. CAPE COD

(AD-43)

The Fast Attack Tender

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The USS CAPE COD (AD-43), a Yellowstone-class destroyer tender, was commissioned on 17 APR 1982. USS CAPE COD served her country for 13 years, 5 months and 12 days, until decommissioned on 29 SEP 1995. USS CAPE COD was designed with the capabilities to maintain and repair the gas turbine powered FFGs, DDs and DDGs. After commissioning and sorting out, CAPE COD made her first Western Pacific deployment in 1983. Regular deployments followed, some extending into the Indian Ocean, alternating with tending the fleet while in her homeport of San Diego. The draw down of the US Navy in the early 1990s, and a change in the composition of the fleet, left CAPE COD without work. USS CAPE COD was decommissioned in September 1995 and moved to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Ft. Eustice, VA, where she awaits disposal.

The USS CAPE COD (AD-43) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AD-43 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1980 Launch Date: 2 AUG 1980
APR 1982 Commissioned: 17 APR 1982
JUN 1982 - JUL 1982 First Deployment San Francisco and Everett Washington 33 Days
MAR 1983 - AUG 1983 West Pac
JUN 1983 - DEC 1983 West Pac
JUL 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 16 JUL 1983 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1983 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAR 1985 - SEP 1985 West Pac
MAR 1986 - SEP 1986 West Pac
NOV 1987 - APR 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean
FEB 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1988 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1988 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1988 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1989 - JAN 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1990 - JAN 1994 Middle Pacific
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 Mt. Pinatubo - Phillippines
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 1991 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1993 - JUN 1993 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 1994 - JAN 1995 West Pac
AUG 1994 Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1994 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1994 - MAR 1995 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1995 - SEP 1995 Panama Canal
SEP 1995 Decommissioned: 29 SEP 1995

AD-43 General Specifications

Class: Yellowstone-class destroyer tender

Named for: Cape Cod

Complement: 1500 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 20500 tons

Length: 643 feet

Beam: 85 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Final Disposition fate unknown