NASSCO-Built Destroyer Tender Delivered To Navy
USS Acadia (AD-42), the second of four Gompers Class destroyer tenders being built by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), was received by the U.S. Navy recently in ceremonies at the San Diego shipyard. Capt. W. Todd Hale, USN, supervisor of shipbuilding, conversion and repair, San Diego, and Comdr. T.A. Branch Jr., Navy New Construction Office manager, accepted the vessel for the Navy from Sam D. Timmons, NASSCO senior vice president. NASSCO completed work on the vessel resulting from government changes not included in the original contract. Acadia will be home-ported in San Diego.
Gompers Class destroyer tenders are capable of providing repair and supply services to new destroyer type ships that have advanced missile, antisubmarine, and electronics systems. The 642-foot tenders also have facilities to service nuclear power plants. They will provide repairs and modifications that do not require drydocking a destroyer and will carry spare parts, weapons, and munitions, and medical and dental personnel.
The first destroyer tender to be completed by NASSCO, USS Yellowstone, was received by the Navy in May 1980. The third and fourth destroyer tenders are scheduled for delivery in November 1981 and May 1983, respectively.