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Dixie-class destroyer tender

USS Dixie (AD-14) with destroyers off Leyte in 1945 (NH 905541).jpg
Dixie with six Allen M. Sumner class destroyers at Leyte, 1945.
Class overview
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: Altair-class destroyer tender
Succeeded by: Hamul-class destroyer tender
Built: 1939–1943
In commission: 1940–1994
Completed: 5
Retired: 5
General characteristics
Type: 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)
Complement: 1,262
Notes: [1]

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.

Known Ships

Towards the end of World War II, a modified Dixie-class destroyer tender was planned, the New England-class.[2] 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.[3]

Pop Culture

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.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links


  1. ^ Silverstone, Paul H. (1968). U.S. Warships of World War II. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company. p. 283.
  2. ^ Stefan Terzibaschitsch: 70 Jahre Flottenhilfsschiffe der U.S. Navy. Leonberg, Germany, p. 23 and p. 144
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