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USS Cape Cod (AD-43)
USS Cape Cod (AD43) entering San Francisco.jpg
Career (United States)
Name: USS Cape Cod
Namesake: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Ordered: 30 September 1977
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California
Laid down: 27 January 1979
Launched: 2 August 1980
Acquired: 15 February 1982
Commissioned: 17 April 1982
Decommissioned: 29 September 1995
Struck: 7 April 1999
Honours and
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Second Row, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Persian Gulf), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal
Fate: Final Disposition, fate unknown
Status: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
General characteristics
Class & type: Yellowstone-class destroyer tender
Displacement: Approx. 20,500 tons full load
Length: 643 feet (196 meters)
Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)
Draft: 27 feet (8.2 meters)
Propulsion: Two boilers, steam turbines, one shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: 1500
Armament: One single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
Armor: None
Aircraft carried: Helicopter platform

USS Cape Cod (AD-43) was the third Yellowstone-class destroyer tender in the United States Navy.

History[edit | edit source]

Cape Cod was laid down on 27 January 1979 at San Diego, California, by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company and launched on 2 August 1980. The destroyer tender worked for many years in active naval service. It assisted the Spruance-class destroyers, the Truxtun-class cruisers and Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates.[1] She was commissioned on 17 April 1982 and served 13 years as a destroyer tender before being decommissioned on 29 September 1995, and stricken from the Navy list on 7 April 1999. She was berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA, until she was sold for scrap in 2012.

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  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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