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U.S.S. DIXON

(AS-37)

READY FOR SERVICE

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The USS DIXON (AS-37), a L. Y. Spear Class Submarine Tender, was commissioned on 7 AUG 1971. USS DIXON served her country for 24 years, 4 months and 8 days, until decommissioned on 15 DEC 1995. Built in Quincy MA, USS DIXON was commissioned in Norfolk, VA and then steamed for her homeport of San Diego, CA. She spent ten years close to home on the West Coast, then made her first West Pac - Indian Ocean deployment in 1981. The cycle repeated with ten years passing again before another West Pac in 1992. USS DIXON tended the Fleet, winning numerous awards for Technical and Service Excellence over her career. In October 1995 she transited the Panama Canal, headed for Norfolk, VA. She was decommissioned in December 1995. In July 2003 the hulk of DIXON was sunk in a Fleet exercise off the coast of North Carolina.

The USS DIXON (AS-37) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AS-37 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1967 Keel Date: 7 SEP 1967
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JUN 1970 Launch Date: 20 JUN 1970
AUG 1971 Commissioned: 7 AUG 1971
SEP 1971 - JAN 1972 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 16 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 4 FEB 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1981 - MAY 1981 West Pac-Indian Ocean
MAY 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 20 MAY 1981 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 30 MAY 1981 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 29 MAY 1981 - Indian Ocean
MAY 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 29 MAY 1981 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 29 MAY 1981 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1987 - JAN 1988 Alaska
MAY 1988 - JUN 1988 Alaska
JUN 1992 - JAN 1993 Desert Storm
DEC 1992 Shellback Initiation - 11 DEC 1992 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1995 - OCT 1995 Panama Canal
DEC 1995 Decommissioned: 15 DEC 1995

AS-37 General Specifications

Class: L. Y. Spear Class Submarine Tender

Named for: George E. Dixon

Complement: 1338 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 22640 tons

Length: 644 feet

Beam: 85 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise 21 July 2003