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USS Yellowstone (AD 41)

- decommissioned -

USS YELLOWSTONE - the third ship in the Navy to bear the name - was the first YELLOWSTONE - class destroyer tender. The four ships in that class formed an own class although they were basically Flight II SAMUEL GOMPERS - class ships.

Decommissioned on January 31, 1996, and stricken from the Navy list on April 7, 1999, the YELLOWSTONE is now berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA, awaiting final disposal.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 15, 1975
Keel laid: June 27, 1977
Launched: January 27, 1979
Commissioned: June 28, 1980
Decommissioned: January 31, 1996
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: Two boilers, steam turbines, one shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower
Propellers: one
Length: 643 feet (196 meters)
Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)
Draft: 27 feet (8.2 meters)
Displacement: approx. 20,500 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Aircraft: helicopter platform
Armament: none
Crew: 36 officers and 1,330 enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS YELLOWSTONE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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Accidents aboard USS YELLOWSTONE:

March 14, 1981off Florida
USS YELLOWSTONE and the USS ROBERT A. OWENS (DD 827) collide off Florida, causing extensive damage but no casualties.
September 22, 1986off Virginia
USS YELLOWSTONE collides with the USNS TRUCKEE (T-AO 147) during underway replenishment. The TRUCKEE has minor superstructur damage, while the YELLOWSTONE sustains a two-foot gash in the hull on the portside.

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The photos below were taken by me and show the YELLOWSTONE laid up on the James River, Va. On the first photo she's seen between the never completed oiler HENRY ECKFORD (T-AO 192) and her sistership CAPE COD (AD 43). Photo number two shows her stern with her name on it. Both photos were taken on October 30, 2010.

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