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Dixie with six Allen M. Sumner class destroyers at Leyte, 1945.
|Operators:||United States Navy|
|Preceded by:||Altair-class destroyer tender|
|Succeeded by:||Hamul-class destroyer tender|
|Displacement:||9,450 long tons (9,602 t)|
|Length:||530 ft 6 in (161.70 m)|
|Beam:||73 ft 3 in (22.33 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)|
|Propulsion:||Geared turbine engines; twin screws, 12,000 hp (8,948 kW)|
|Speed:||19.6 knots (22.6 mph; 36.3 km/h)|
The Dixie class destroyer tender was a class of United States Navy destroyer tenders used during World War II. This class' design was based on the specifications of USS Dixie (AD-14) and constructed based on drawings for that vessel plus ongoing modifications specified for each continued vessel of the class. The basic hull and superstructure for this class was the same as the Fulton-Class submarine tenders and Vulcan-Class repair ships.
Towards the end of World War II, a modified Dixie-class destroyer tender was planned, the New England-class. New England was laid down on 1 October 1944 by the Tampa Shipbuilding Company, Inc., at Tampa, but the ship's construction was cancelled on 12 August 1945.
In the book The Caine Mutiny, The USS Pluto is a Destroyer Tender and pivotal ship for the crew of the Caine. The Pluto provides the crew with many luxuries that would not be possible without going to a proper port. The ship also has many resources that are not possible in smaller ships, including chaplains and legal officers.