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USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36)
USS Bryce Canyon
Name: USS Bryce Canyon
Namesake: Bryce Canyon National Park
Ordered: 8 November 1944
Builder: Charleston Navy Yard
Laid down: 7 July 1945
Launched: 7 March 1946
Commissioned: 15 September 1950
Decommissioned: 30 June 1981
Struck: 30 June 1981
Honours and
1 battle star (Korea)
General characteristics
Type: Shenandoah-class destroyer tender
Displacement: 8,091 long tons (8,221 t)
Length: 492 ft (150 m)
Beam: 70 ft (21 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 859 officers and enlisted
Armament: 2 × 5 in (130 mm) guns

USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36) was a Shenandoah-class destroyer tender, the only ship to be named for the Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Bryce Canyon was launched 7 March 1946 by Charleston Navy Yard and sponsored by Mrs. William J. Carter, wife of Rear Admiral Carter. Little additional work was done on her until after the outbreak of the Korean War. Charleston Naval Shipyard then completed the tender and she was commissioned 15 September 1950 with Captain M. R. Gerin in command.

Service history

Bryce Canyon transited the Panama Canal 5 December and reported to the Pacific Fleet. On 26 March 1951 she got underway from San Diego, California for the Far East. Arriving at Yokosuka, Japan, 12 April 1951, she spent the next seven months in Japanese waters repairing and servicing vessels based at Yokosuka and Sasebo. Bryce Canyon left Japan 4 November 1951 and arrived at San Diego 18 November 1951.

She got underway, via Pearl Harbor, for her second Western Paciflc cruise in June, 1952. This cruise was completed 16 February 1953 when she arrived at Long Beach, California. On 26 September 1953 she again sailed for Sasebo where she arrived 16 October. Bryce Canyon provided tender service in Sasebo, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe during this tour. She returned to the United States 17 June 1954.

Her fourth Western Pacific tour commenced 25 February 1955. She serviced vessels at Subic Bay, Luzon, between 16 March and 28 April and then proceeded to Yokosuka, arriving 11 May 1955. Bryce Canyon returned to Long Beach 11 August 1955. On 9 December 1955 she departed California on her fifth Western Pacific tour which ended at Long Beach on 26 October 1956. Between Far Eastern cruises Bryce Canyon has operated along the West Coast.

Bryce Canyon received one battle star for her services to the forces afloat in the Korean War. Bryce Canyon was decommissioned on 30 June 1981.


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

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