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USS Dixon (AS 37). The two 5"/38 gun mounts were soon removed.
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Class: L Y SPEAR (AS 36)
Design: SCB Project Nos. 702.65, 702.66, and 702.69.
Displacement (tons): 14,362 light, 23,396 full (AS 36)
Dimensions (feet): 643' oa, 620' wl x 85' e/wl x 29' max nav
Armament: 2-5"/38; (37: 1976, 36: 1979) 4-20mmS
Accommodations: 87 officers, 1235 enlisted (AS 36)
Speed (kts.): 20 (18 sustained)
Propulsion (HP): 20,000
Machinery: Steam turbines, 2 boilers (650psi), 1 screw

Construction:
ASNameOrdBuilderKeelLaunchComm
36L Y SPEAR12 May 1965General Dynamics, Quincy5 May 19667 Sep 196728 Feb 1970
37DIXON20 Apr 1966General Dynamics, Quincy7 Sep 196720 Jun 19707 Aug 1971
38unnamed----------

Disposition:
ASNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
36L Y SPEAR6 Sep 19963 May 19999 Jul 2010Navy sale--
37DIXON15 Dec 199518 Mar 199621 Jul 2003Target--
38unnamed----27 Mar 1969Canc--

Class Notes:
Approved characteristics for a new construction Submarine Tender (AS), SCB Project No. 702.65, were promulgated on 12 March 1964, updated as SCB Project No. 702.66 on 8 March 1965, and again updated as SCB Project No. 702.69 on 28 Dec 1968, with final changes to SCB 707.65 and 707.66 on 21 December 1970. AS 36 was named L Y SPEAR on 29 March 1966 for Lawrence York Spear, a leading engineer at the Electric Boat Co. at Groton, Ct. Navy style for ship names does not include periods.

Ship Notes:
ASNameMANotes
36L Y SPEARFY 1965. Replaced AS 15. [PHS decomm 30 Sep 1996, stk 31 May 1999] Sold for scrapping 9 July 2010 to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX [Navsource]. Disposed of by dismantling 14 Jul 2011 [NVR].
37DIXONFY 1966. Replaced AS 17. Sunk with Gompers AD 37 as part of SINKEX off the coast of North Carolina [Facebook].
38unnamedFY 1969 (authorized but not built)

Page Notes:
Compiled: 31 Jul 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, PHS