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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
AUG1980-Launch Date: 2 AUG 1980
JAN1981-MAY1985West Pac
APR1982-Commissioned: 17 APR 1982
JUN1982-JUL1982First Deployment San Francisco and Everett Washington 33 Days
MAR1983-AUG1983West Pac
MAR1983-JUN1983West Pac
JUN1983-DEC1983West Pac
JUL1983-Shellback Initiation - 16 JUL 1983 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1983-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1983 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1983-Shellback Initiation - 16 AUG 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAR1985-SEP1985West Pac
MAR1986-SEP1986West Pac
NOV1987-APR1988West Pac-Indian Ocean
FEB1988- Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1988 - Indian Ocean
FEB1988-Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1988 - Indian Ocean
JAN1989-JAN1989West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1990-JAN1994Middle Pacific
JAN1990-JAN1992Desert Storm
JAN1990-JAN1994Desert Storm
JAN1991-JUL1991Desert Storm
JAN1991-JUL1991Mt. Pinatubo - Phillippines
JAN1991-JUL1991Desert Storm
JAN1991-JUL1991West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
FEB1991-Shellback Initiation - 18 FEB 1991 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1991-Shellback Initiation - 20 JUN 1991 - Indian Ocean
JAN1992-JUN1992West Pac-Indian Ocean
JAN1993-JUN1993West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN1994-JAN1995West Pac
AUG1994-Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1994 - Indian Ocean
AUG1994-Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1994 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1994-MAR1995West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1995-SEP1995Panama Canal
SEP1995-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