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Richland (AFDM-8)
USS YFD-64 (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Foxtrot - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

AFDM-3 Class Medium Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock:
  • Built by Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., Eureka, CA
  • Commissioned as USS YFD-64, 28 November 1944
  • Decommissioned at Guam, 08 June 1946
  • Redesignated AFDM-8, 01 August 1946
  • Placed in service, 01 January 1947
  • Named Richland 06 April 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 August 1997
  • Transferred to the local redevelopment authority in Guam, 06 April 1999
  • FInal disposition, scrapped in the Philippines, 2016
    Displacement 8,000 tons
    Length 622'
    Beam 124'
    Draft 6 ft
    Armament (WWII) 2 40mm, 4 20mm
    Complement 4 Officers, 146 Enlisted
    Machinery unknown

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    Richland 62k Richland (AFDM-8) at Guam, Marianas Islands, circa 1969. Note nuclear-powered submarine undergoing maintenance and dry dock support barge alongside. Photo by Robert Fudge. Robert Hurst
    Ponchatoula 89k USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) being maneuvered by tugs to get into position for entry into Richland (AFDM-8), in preparation for drydocking at Guam during the 1970s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99062 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ponchatoula 115k Stern view of USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) while drydocked in Richland (AFDM-8), at Guam during the 1970s. Open Lighter (NSP) YC-1458 is in the foreground. Original caption: "The size of the ship's propellers is evident in this photograph taken in drydock."
    US Navy photo # NH 99063 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ponchatoula 88k USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) drydocked in Richland (AFDM-8) at Guam during the 1970s.
    US Navy photo # NH 99061 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Richland 64k Richland (AFDM-8) at Guam, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1979.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Richland 429k Richland (AFDM-8) is positioned at her new location, 21 April 1992, at Naval Station Guam after being towed from Naval Station, Subic Bay. Note the floating crane YD-226, foreground, and the non-self propelled fuel barge YON-289 alongside to starboard of the dry dock.
    DOD photo # DN-SC-93-00204
    Richland 469k Ex-Richland (AFDM-8) at Guam Ship Yard in 2010. Bob Gregory Executive Support COMPACFLT N43
    Richland 1216k Ex-Richland (AFDM-8) being towed out of Apra Harbor Guam to General Santos Shipyard in the Philippines for scrapping, 27 January 2016. This ended 48 yrs of this drydock's presence in Guam. Lee Wahler
    Richland 283k
    Richland 469k Ex-Richland (AFDM-8) receives preparations and inspections before being towed from the confines of Apra Harbor, U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), for an open ocean tow from Guam to the Philippines, 27 January 2016.
    US Navy photo 160127-N-OG363-206, taken by Jeff Landis
    Bob Gregory Executive Support COMPACFLT N43

    USS YFD-64 / Richland (AFDM-8)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Officers in Charge
    01CDR. Armbrust, Carl Raymond, USN1950 - July 1951
    02CAPT. Palmer, Charles J., USNJuly 1951 - 1953
    03LCDR. Buchholz, Philip Partick1962
    03LT. Lipke, Allen, Edwin, USN22 February 1964 - 31 May 1964
    04LT. Youmans, Edwin Earl, USN31 May 1964 - 16-June 1964
    05LT. Lipke, Allen, Edwin, USN16 June 1964 - February 1966
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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