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USS Canopus (AS-34)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Alpha - Whiskey
NCAW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4)
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (5) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


Simon Lake Class Submarine Tender:
  • Laid down, 2 March 1964, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 12 February 1965
  • Commissioned USS Canopus (AS-34), 4 November 1965, CAPT. John M. Barrett USN, in command
  • Decommissioned, 7 October 1994 at Kings Bay, GA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 May 1995
  • Title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 1 May 1999, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Able UK, Hartlepool, Teeside, England, and removed from the Reserve Fleet, 16 October 2003 under tow to the United Kingdom
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,316 t.(lt) 20,922 t. (fl)
    Length 643' 9"
    Beam 85'
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 18 kts.
    Complement 1,420
    Armament four 3"50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two boilers
    steam turbine
    single propeller

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    Canopus 238k Aerial view of USS Canopus (AS-34) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Scott Koen
    Canopus 665k USS Canopus (AS-34) Christmas card, 1971. Robert "Cliff" Wolff ETC USN Ret.
    Canopus 344k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored in the Holy Loch, Scotland, November 1972 Robert "Cliff" Wolff ETC USN Ret.
    Canopus 363k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored in the Holy Loch, Scotland in 1972 with a Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) alongside. Moored aft of Canopus is the Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Los Alamos (AFDB-7). Photo by Robert "Cliff" Wolff ETC USN Ret.
    Canopus 84k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored in the Holy Loch, Scotland, winter 1972 Also moored aft of Canopus is the Large Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock Los Alamos (AFDB-7),. with Large Fleet Tugs alongside. Probably, Piqua (YTB-793) and Natack (YTB-760). Photo by Robert "Cliff" Wolff ETC USN Ret.
    Canopus 78k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored pierside at Barcelona, Spain, 12 December 1978. Note the ship's four 3"/50 guns abreast the funnel. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Canopus 145k USS Canopus (AS-34) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Randy Guttery
    Tendertales Web Site
    Canopus 15k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored to a buoy while tending submarines, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Canopus 274k USS Canopus (AS-34) in drydock at Sparrow Point Shipyard and Steel Mill, Dundalk, MD., January 1990 Scott F. Hiorns BT1(SW) USN USS Canopus, 1990-1991
    Canopus 43k USS Canopus (AS-34) in drydock at Sparrow Point Shipyard and Steel Mill, Dundalk, MD., January 1990 Scott F. Hiorns BT1(SW) USN USS Canopus, 1990-1991
    Canopus 39k USS Canopus (AS-34) in drydock at Sparrow Point Shipyard and Steel Mill, Dundalk, MD., January 1990 Scott F. Hiorns BT1(SW) USN USS Canopus, 1990-1991
    Canopus 26k USS Canopus (AS-34) Engineering Department berthing, April 1990 Scott F. Hiorns BT1(SW) USN USS Canopus, 1990-1991
    Canopus 55k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored to a D&S pier at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 1994.
    US Navy photo
     
    Canopus 71k USS Canopus (AS-34) moored at Sub Base St. Mary's GA., date unknown, with two submarines alongside. Astern of Canopus is the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dock Oak Ridge (ARDM-1) Jack Treutle
    Canopus 325k USS Canopus (AS-34) tending submarines, probably at Kings Bay, GA, date unknown. Scott Koen
    Canopus 311k Decommissioned USS Canopus (AS-34) being moved to her reserve fleet berth in October 1994, location unknown. Scott Koen
    Caloosahatchee 45k "The Hartlepool Four" left to right;
    ex-USS Caloosahatchee (AO-98)
    ex-USS Canisteo (AO-99),
    ex-USS Canopus (AS-34), and
    ex-USS Compass Island (E-AG-153) awaiting the beginning of the end at Able UK, Hartlepool, Teeside, England, 4 March 2006. Scrapping is on hold due to environmental concerns.
    Photo by David Nixon

    Additional Ships Patches
    Canopus
    Contributed by Thomas Denton
    Canopus
    Contributed by Thomas Denton
    Canopus
    Contributed by Thomas Denton

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Canopus (AS-34) at NavSource

    For more photos and information about USS Canopus, see;
  • Canopus History
  • USS Canopus (AS-34)
  • Submarine Tenders of the United States Navy
  • Launching Program contrbuted by S. Dale Hargrave
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    USS Canopus AS-34 Association

    USS Canopus Association 2013 Reunion
    Date: 5 to 8 September 2013
    Place: Crowne Plaza Baltimore North, 2004 Greenspring Drive Timonium, MD 21093
    Contact: Richard Retin
    Telephone: 503-689-1712
    Email: retinr@mail.com

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