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|
|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|
|Crew: 36 officers and 1,330 enlisted|
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.
USS YELLOWSTONE Cruise Books:
Accidents aboard USS YELLOWSTONE:
|March 14, 1981||off Florida|
USS YELLOWSTONE and the USS ROBERT A. OWENS (DD 827) collide off Florida, causing extensive damage but no casualties.
|September 22, 1986||off 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.
USS YELLOWSTONE Image Gallery:
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.