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USS Samuel Gompers (AD 37) on 24 November 1968. Her single 5-inch gun mount was removed in 1977.
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Class: SAMUEL GOMPERS (AD 37)
Design: SCB Project Nos. 244, 700.65, 700.66, and 700.69
Displacement (tons): 13,458 light, 20,132 full (AD 37)
Dimensions (feet): 645' oa, 620' wl x 85' e/wl x 28' max nav.
Armament: 1-5"/38; (37: 1976, 38: by 1979) 4-20mmS; (37: by 1995) 4-20mm light mg
Accommodations: 136 officers, 1,671 enlisted (AD 37)
Speed (kts.): 20 (18 sustained)
Propulsion (HP): 20,000
Machinery: Steam turbines, 2 boilers (600psi), 1 screw

Construction:
ADNameOrdBuilderKeelLaunchComm
37SAMUEL GOMPERS31 Oct 1963NSY Puget Sound9 Jul 196414 May 19661 Jul 1967
38PUGET SOUND29 Dec 1964NSY Puget Sound15 Feb 196516 Sep 196627 Apr 1968
39unnamed----------
40unnamed----------

Disposition:
ASNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
37SAMUEL GOMPERS27 Oct 19957 Apr 199922 Jul 2003Target--
38PUGET SOUND27 Jan 199613 Dec 200711 Jan 2008Navy sale--
39unnamed----11 Dec 1965Canc--
40unnamed----27 Mar 1969Canc--

Class Notes:
Approved characteristics for a Destroyer Tender (AD), SCB Project No. 244 (FY 1964), were promulgated on 16 October 1962 and updated as SCB Project No. 700.65 on 24 October 1963, as SCB Project No. 700.66 on 1 April 1965, and as SCB Project No. 700.69 on 28 November 1968. AD 37-38 and their later near-sisters, AD 41-44, were decommissioned in 1994-1996 after the Navy abandoned the use of forward deployed tenders to support operating forces.

Ship Notes:
ADNameMANotes
37SAMUEL GOMPERSFY 1964. Sank on 22 Jul 2003 just after midnight after hits by 16 Harpoon missiles and other ordnance and aircraft bombs.
38PUGET SOUNDFY 1965. Dismantlement completed 3 Mar 2009, Brownsville, TX.
39unnamedFY 1966. Deferred.
40unnamedFY 1969. Repeat of the FY65 ship, cancelled to cover overruns in FY 1969 and 1970. Also in FY 1973, authorized to be built but never awarded and authorization cancelled 1 Apr 1974.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 22 Jul 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, PHS