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USS Acadia (AD-42)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Zulu - Alpha
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbons (5) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Persian Gulf)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Persian Gulf, Operation Restore Hope, Somalia) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)


Yellowstone Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 14 February 1978, at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 28 July 1979
  • Commissioned USS Acadia (AD-42), 6 June 1981, CAPT. Brenton P. Hardy in command
  • Decommissioned, 16 December 1994
  • Laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 2007
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target off Guam, 19-20 September 2010
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,526 t.(lt) 21,916 t.(fl)
    Length 643'
    Beam 85'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 1,500
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    one steam turbine
    one propeller, 20,000 shp

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    Acadia 55k USS Acadia (AD-42) under way with USS Fresno (LST-1182), 1 November 1982, location unknown.
    US Defenseimagery.mil photo VIRIN: DN-SC-86-02389
    Robert Hurst
    Acadia 203k USS Acadia (AD-42) with the destroyer USS Oldendorf (DD-972) and the guided missile frigate USS Curts (FFG-38) alongside.
    US Navy photo from USS Acadia newspaper "Tendergram" November 1990.
    Robert Hurst
    Acadia 43k USS Acadia (AD-42) with the guided missile frigate USS Stark (FFG-31) alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Acadia 55k Ex-USS Acadia (AD-42) laid up at NISMF Pearl Harbor, 1 August 2000 Photo by Jim Bedient
    Acadia 62k Ex-USS Acadia (AD-42) laid up at NISMF Pearl Harbor, 1 August 2000 Photo by Jim Bedient
    Acadia 74k Ex-USS Acadia (AD-42) is the target during a sinkex off the coast of Guam during exercise Valent Shield, 20 September 2010.
    Photo from USS Acadia web site.
    Mike Hibbard
    Acadia 87k
    Acadia 104k
    Acadia 577k Ex-USS Acadia (AD-42) lies on her starboard side off the coast of Guam as a guided bomb detonates against the hull during a day-long bombardment of ordnance delivered from Naval aircraft and ships during exercise Valiant Shield.
    US Navy photo # 100920-N-6720T-182 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2010) by MC Adam K. Thomas.
    Mike Hibbard
    Acadia 1137k Ex-USS Acadia (AD-42) floats capsized off the coast of Guam as an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Chargers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS-14) prepares to fire a MK-46 Mod 5A (S) Anti-Submarine Warfare torpedo at the ship. The sinking of Acadia is part of a day-long bombardment of ordnance delivered from Naval aircraft and ships during exercise Valiant Shield.
    US Navy photo # 100920-N-6720T-214 PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 20, 2010) by MC Adam K. Thomas.
    Mike Hibbard


    For more photos and information about USS Arcadia, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • Decommissioning Program

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Hardy, Brenton Philip6 June 1981 - 5 May 1983
    02CAPT. Finch Jr., Parker T.5 May 1983 - 22 March 1985
    03CAPT. Harness, Francis William :RADM22 March 1985 - 3 April 1987
    04CAPT. Grunwald, Gerald Max3 April 1987 - 13 March 1989
    05CAPT. King, Larry L.13 March 1989 - 30 April 1991
    06CAPT. Eckler, Joseph F.30 April 1991 - 10 June 1991
    07CAPT. Grunwald, Gerald Max10 June 1991 - 30 September 1991
    08CAPT. Wilson, Charles H.30 September 1991 - 16 July 1993
    09CAPT. Liuzzi, Donato A.16 July 1993 - 16 December 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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