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USS Tidewater (AD-31)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Charlie - Papa
NWCP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)

                                                            Engineering E - 1957
                                                            Engineering E - 1959 for Battle Readiness
                                                            Engineering E - 1962 for Battle Readiness


USS Tidewater (AD-31) was transferred to Indonesia, renamed KRI Dumai (652)


Shenandoah Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 27 November 1944, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 30 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Tidewater (AD-31), 8 February 1946, CAPT. Frank H. Ball in command
  • Decommissioned, in 1946 after completion of sea trials
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Charleston, S.C.
  • Recommissioned, 2 October 1951, CAPT. Harold S. Harnly in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 February 1971
  • Transferred, 20 February 1971 under lease agreement to Indonesia
  • Renamed KRI Dumai (652) and commissioned into the Indonesian Navy, 20 February 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1978
  • Purchased outright under the Security Assistance Program by Indonesia, 1 March 1980
  • Final Disposition, deleted by the Indonesian Navy in 1984, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,755 t.(lt) 16,880 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 28';
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 918
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 16,105Bbls
    Diesel 4,415Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 435psi, 740°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    Single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Tidewater 85k USS Tidewater (AD-31) just prior launching at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC, 30 June 1945. Ron Reeves
    Tidewater 138k USS Tidewater (AD-31) launching at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC, 30 June 1945.
    US Navy photo, Charleston Navy Yard photo.
    Submitted by Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71, Contributed by Gerald Teaster
    Tidewater 92k USS Tidewater (AD-31) fitting out at Pier C, Naval Shipyard Charleston, S.C., 4 January 1946.
    Naval Shipyard Charleston photo # 2-46.
    Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    Tidewater 32k USS Tidewater (AD-31) moored at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, SC, 1946.
    Photo courtesy George Lisee
    Ron Reeves
    Tidewater 82k USS Tidewater (AD-31) serving as an accommodation ship for SubGrpThreeChasGrpLantResFlt while laid up in the Charleston Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet, circa 1951-52.. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    LSM-558 127k Charleston Navy Yard fitting out pier "C" looking north to river end. Shop field offices and Building Ways 1 and 2 in background on left. Ships present USS LSM-556, USS LSM-557, USS LSM-558 front row. Second row USS LSM-553, USS LSM-554 and USS LSM-555. Beyond the LSMs is USS Tidewater (AD-31).
    Charleston Navy Yard photo # 1997-45
    USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Tidewater 43k USS Tidewater (AD-31) 1960 Mediterranean Cruise Book Cover photo Bill Doran USS Tidewater 1958-62
    Tidewater 64k USS Tidewater (AD-31) underway, date and location unknown. Bill Doran USS Tidewater 1958-62
    Tidewater 82k USS Tidewater (AD-31) underway, date and location unknown. Courtesy Paul Witkowski via Bill Cook
    Tidewater 82k USS Tidewater (AD-31) moored to a buoy at Naples Italy, late May 1962 with from inboard to outboard; USS William W. Wood (DDR-715), unknown DD, USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865), and USS Harwood (DDE-861) Photo by Jack C. Sofield
    Tidewater 114k USS Tidewater (AD-31) underway in Hampton Roads, VA., 16 March 1965. Helicopter and additional repair facilities have been added on the stern in place of one 5"/38 gun.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # KN 12874.
    Robert Hurst
    Tidewater 88k USS Tidewater (AD-31) at Naples, Italy, 1962. Tidewater divers changing one of USS Stickell (DD-888)'s screws underwater. The normal procedure when doing this repair is to dry dock the ship then remove and replace her screw while the ship is out of the water. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71, photos ©Terry Braga USS Tidewater diver.
    Tidewater 73k USS Tidewater (AD-31) departing San Juan, Puerto Rico with Morro Castle in the background, date unknown. In this photo Tidewater shows the new helicopter platform added to her fantail.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1963
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Tidewater 42k View from USS Tidewater (AD-31) refueling from USS Chikaskia (AO-54) while enroute from a Mediterranean deployment back to the US in 1965. USS Stribling (DD-867) is off the starboard quarter of Chikaskia. Photo ©William D. Cook. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    Tidewater 169k USS Tidewater (AD-31) crew changing one of USS Sampson (DDG-10)'s propellers at Souda Bay, Crete in 1967. Photos are from Tidewater's 1967 Mediterranean Cruise Book. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    Tidewater 69k USS Tidewater (AD-31) at sea, 1967. Note the DASH hanger at the stern of the ship. This is her last configuration before being turned over to the Indonesian Navy. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    Tidewater 26k USS Tidewater (AD-31) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 1967. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    Tidewater 43k USS Tidewater (AD-31) underway, location unknown, circa 1967-68. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71, Courtesy John P. Derr, CDR. USN, Ret.
    Tidewater 43k USS Tidewater (AD-31) change of command June 1968, Captain Harward USN departing Captain Michael F. Durkin USN assuming command.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71, Courtesy CAPT. Robert Frampton, SC USN


    For more photos and information about USS Tidewater, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • An Unofficial History by Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
  • USS TIDEWATER.ORG
  • AD31 USS Tidewater 1958 to 1962
  • Preserving "The Tide"by Cathy Wurzer, Minnesota Public Radio, June 30, 2003
  • 1954 Mediterranean Cruise Book, contributed by Robert Hall
  • Memorabilia and Miscellaneous
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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