Dixie (AD-14) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For most classes many other photographs exist.
For more complete online collections of U. S. Navy ship photographs see in particular the NHHC Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USS Dixie (AD-14)

On trials at 9 knots on the range off Rockland, Maine, on 27 March 1940. Gun mounts 52 and 53 lack shields or any other protection.

Photo No. 19-N-21787
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Dixie (AD-14)

Near the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 20 May 1940. Gun mounts 52 and 53 lack any protection.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Dixie (AD-14)

Photographed circa 1942 in Measure 22 camouflage. All four 5-inch gun mounts have had splinter protection (tubs) added around them. The splinter protection tubs around gun mounts 51 and 54 were removed circa 1943 but retained around the open mounts.

Photo No. 19-N-25759
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-LCM)

 
USS Prairie (AD-15)

At the Boston Navy Yard on 17 October 1943 preparing to transfer to the Pacific.
This ship was commissioned in 1940 with open mounts in number 2 and 3 positions, and splinter protection was soon fitted around all four 5-inch mounts. Enclosed mounts were substitued and the protective tubs removed after the ship was damaged by a pier fire at Argentia, Newfoundland, in May 1942.

Photo No. NH 94747
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

 
USS Dixie (AD-14)

Photographed on 15 June 1961. Gun mount 52 still lacks a shield and retains its wartime protective tub. The after 5-inch mounts have been removed and replaced by helicopter facilities.

Photo No. USN 1056334
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Sierra (AD-18)

In Hampton Roads in a photo received by the Naval Photographic Center in September 1963 but taken earlier. The ship lost its after two 5-inch gun mounts, still visible here, circa 1962-63.

Photo No. KN-8015
Source: Shipscribe

 
USS Dixie (AD-14)

Underway on 1 April 1976. All four 5-inch gun mounts have been removed. Note the helicopter and additional repair facilities aft.

Photo No. USN 1167091
Source: Shipscribe