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USS Shenandoah (AD 44)

- decommissioned -


USS SHENANDOAH was the fourth and final YELLOWSTONE - class destroyer tender and the fifth ship in the Navy named for the Shenandoah Valley. AD 44 is also named for the adjoining Shenandoah National Park. The Valley and the National Park are both located in the western part of the State of Virginia. The name Shenandoah is derived from an Indian word meaning "Daughter of the Stars."

Decommissioned on August 15, 1996, and stricken from the Navy list on April 7, 1999, the SHENANDOAH is now located at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA., awaiting final disposal.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 12, 1979
Keel laid: August 2, 1980
Launched: February 6, 1982
Commissioned: August 15, 1983
Decommissioned: September 13, 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 SHENANDOAH. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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The photo below was taken by me and shows the SHENANDOAH laid up on the James River between the CAPE MENDOCINO (T-AKR 5064) [left] and the SYLVANIA (AFS 2). The photo was taken on October 30, 2010.



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