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USS Cape Cod (AD-43)
USS Cape Cod (AD-43) underway in San Francisco Bay (USA), circa in the 1980s.jpg
Career (United States)
Name: USS Cape Cod
Namesake: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Ordered: 30 September 1977
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, California
Laid down: 27 January 1979
Launched: 2 August 1980
Acquired: 15 February 1982
Commissioned: 17 April 1982
Decommissioned: 29 September 1995
Struck: 7 April 1999
Honours and
Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Second Row, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Persian Gulf), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal
Fate: Final Disposition, fate unknown
Status: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
General characteristics
Class & type: Yellowstone-class destroyer tender
Displacement: Approx. 20,500 tons full load
Length: 643 feet (196 meters)
Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)
Draft: 27 feet (8.2 meters)
Propulsion: Two boilers, steam turbines, one shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: 1500
Armament: One single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
Armor: None
Aircraft carried: Helicopter platform

USS Cape Cod (AD-43) was the third Yellowstone-class destroyer tender in the United States Navy.


Cape Cod was laid down on 27 January 1979 at San Diego, California, by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company and launched on 2 August 1980. The destroyer tender worked for many years in active naval service. It assisted the Spruance-class destroyers, the Truxtun-class cruisers and Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates.[1] She was commissioned on 17 April 1982 and served 13 years as a destroyer tender before being decommissioned on 29 September 1995, and stricken from the Navy list on 7 April 1999. She was berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA, until she was sold for scrap in 2012.

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  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

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