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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Sustain (AFDM-7)
ex
YFD-63

USS YFD-63

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Delta - Echo
NCDE

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - 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:
  • Laid down, date unknown at Everett Pacific Shipbuilding Co., Everett, WA. as Yard Floating Dock YFD-63
  • Delivered in January 1945
  • Commissioned USS YFD-63 date unknown
  • Decommissioned and placed in service, date unknown
  • Redesignated Auxiliary Floating Dock Medium AFDM-7 in 1945
  • Named Sustain (ARDM-7) in 1979
  • Placed out of service in October 1997
  • Current Disposition, In service, on lease, at Atlantic Marine and Dry Dock, Inc., Jacksonville, FL.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,000 t.
    Length 622'
    Beam 124'
    Draft 6 ft. (max.)
    Complement 4 Officers, 139 Enlisted

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    Sustain 379k Sustain (AFDM-7) with USS Nantahala (AO-60) in the dock, circa December 1972 at Melville, Rhode Island.
    US Navy photo
    Morgan Little, courtesy Dave Roddy.
    Sustain 194k
    Sustain 189k
    Sustain 84k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., with USS Talbot (FFG-4) in the dock, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1979 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Sustain 137k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., with USS Caron (DD-970) in the dock. August 1985. Rick Rowen
    Sustain 109k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., drydocking USS King (DDG-41) entering the dock, 4 April 1985 John W. Shupe
    USS Sustain September 1982 - April 1985
    Sustain 118k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., drydocking USS King (DDG-41) in the dock, 4 April 1985 John W. Shupe
    Sustain September 1982 - April 1985
    Sustain 121k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., drydocking USS King (DDG-41) in the dock, 4 April 1985 John W. Shupe
    Sustain September 1982 - April 1985
    Sustain 120k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., drydocking USS King (DDG-41) in the dock, 4 April 1985 John W. Shupe
    Sustain September 1982 - April 1985
    Sustain
    DN-SC-91-08180
    281k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., 28 March 1991.
    DOD photo #'s DN-SC-91-08180 and DN-SC-91-08179
     
    Sustain
    DN-SC-91-08179
    313k
    Sustain 80k Sustain (AFDM-7) at the D&S piers, NOB Norfolk, VA., with USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51) in the dock, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1994 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Sustain 58k Sustain (AFDM-7), date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sustain 825k Sustain (AFDM-7)'s Ballast Control Station. Morgan Little

    There is no DANFS history available for Sustain (AFDM-7) at NavSource
    Officers in Charge
     LT. Watts, James Wallace9 August 1963 - 9 June 1964
     LT. Manson, Alfred E. (AOIC)9 June 1964 - ?
     CDR. Braun, John Wilfred, USN10 October 1990 - ?
     LCDR. Simonelli, Norman Walter1973
     LCDR. Bodenner, George E. USN1976 - 1977
     CAPT Woodsno dates
     CDR. Flowers, Donald H.July 1993 - July 1995
     CAPT. Milligan, Allie W.October 1996 - October 1997
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Incident of ex-Sustain breaking away during a tow and susequent events
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