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USS Shenandoah (AD-44)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - India - Oscar
NBIO
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Southwest Asia Campaign Medal (2) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Yellowstone Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 2 August 1980, at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 6 February 1982
  • Commissioned USS Shenandoah (AD-44), 15 August 1983, at San Diego, CA.
  • Decommissioned, 13 September 1996
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, 28 July 2001, for disposal
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,482 t.(lt) 20,429 t.(fl)
    Length 642'
    Beam 85'
    Draft 25'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 1,500
    Armament one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    one steam turbine
    single propeller, 20,000 shp

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    Shenandoah 49k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) prior to launch, at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA Annmarie (Byrnes) Ponder LaDue DM2(SW) USN Ret, USS Shenandoah plank owner
    Shenandoah 207k USS Shenandoah (AD-44), Christened by her sponsor, Mrs. W. Graham Claytor, Jr., wife of the Secretary of the Navy, and launch at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA., 6 February 1982 S. Dale Hargrave
    Shenandoah 469k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) sliding down the builders ways after Christening by her sponsor, Mrs. W. Graham Claytor, Jr., wife of the Secretary of the Navy, at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA., 6 February 1982 S. Dale Hargrave
    Shenandoah 59k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) prior to commissioning, at National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA Annmarie (Byrnes) Ponder LaDue DM2(SW) USN Ret, USS Shenandoahplank owner
    Shenandoah 121k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) underway shortly after being commissioned in August 1983
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1984
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 82k USS Shenandoah (AD-44), underway, location and date unknown .
    Shenandoah 52k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    Shenandoah 50k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    Shenandoah 61k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    Shenandoah 797k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) moored pierside at Marseille France, circa 1987-88, with USS Comte De Grasse (DD-974) and USS Aylwin (DE-1081). Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Shenandoah 114k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) with USS John King (DDG-3) alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1990 edition by Photo by JO1 Kip Burke, USN.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 113k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) underway during a simulated high-line transfer with USS Charleston (LKA 113) in 1984. Photo by Bill Fessenden
    Shenandoah 1443k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) arriving at Genoa, Italy, 9 October 1987. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Shenandoah 69k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) moored pierside at Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in November 1991, with USS Dale (CG-19) alongside. Photo by Pedro Vidal
    Shenandoah 99k USS Shenandoah (AD-44) plaque. Tommy Trampp
    MARAD James River Group Reserve Fleet
    Cape Mendocino 51k From left to right; SS Cape Mendocino (AKR-5064) ex-USS Shenandoah (AD-44) and ex- USS Sylvania (AFS-2), rafted together in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 8 April 2009 Photo by Mike Hibbard
    Cape Mendocino 103k
    Sylvania 90k The decommissioned USS Sylvania (AFS-2) being removed from alongside ex-Shenandoah (AD-44) in the James River Reserve Fleet anchorage, 17 October 2012. Sylvania was being prepared for transit to Brownsville, TX . for scrapping. Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Shenandoah (AD-44) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Thomas M. McNicholas Jr.17 December 1983 - 19 April 1985
    02CAPT. Lacey Jr., John Stephen,19 April 1985 - 26 April 1987
    03CAPT. Sharpe Jr., Raymond A.,26 April 1987 - 21 April 1989
    04CAPT. Shepard, Patrick M.,21 April 1989 - 3 August 1990
    05CAPT. Shanahan, James Francis,3 August 1990 - 25 September 1992
    06CAPT. Shullo Jr., Philip F.,25 September 1992 - 28 April 1994
    07CAPT. Darling, Larry Wayne,28 April 1994 - 13 September 1996
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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