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USS SAMUEL GQMPERS
USS SAMUEL GOMPERS QAD 375 is the first L .S.
Navy ship to bear the name ofa distinguished labor leader.
'l'he destroyer tender was commissioned on l Klulv lflfi7
following a three-year construction period in Bremerton.
Wash. lt is one ofthe largest destroyer tenders in the Pacif-
ic Fleet and is assigned to Commander, Cruiser Destroyer
Group l, located in San Diego.
The SAMUEL GOMPERS' primary mission is to pro-
vide repair services to afloat combatant units ofthe LIS.
Navy, including nuclear-powered surface ships and air-
In addition to its repair mission. the SAMUEL GOM
PERS also provides logistic and material support to tended
units. Personnel and disbursing services, messing, and
medical and dental care are also provided to the crews of
USS SAMUEL GOMPERS was the first ship in the
U.S. Pacific Fleet to have enlisted women serve in its crew.
l'he first women assigned to the ship reported aboard in
The SAMUEL GOMPERS is 645 feet long with a
beam of 85 feet. It displaces 20,289 tons when fully loaded,
and has a navigational draft of 26 feet. Its 20,000 shaft
horse ower single-screw propulsion plant produces a top
speed in excess of 20 knots.
Designed to be manned by 39 officers and 1,200 en-
listed crewmembers, the ship also can accommadate a flag
officer and flag staff.
Known as "Super Sam," the tender has made 14 de-
ployments as a unit of the U .S. Pacific Fleet. Port calls have
included: Yolcosuka and Sasebo,japang Buckner Bay QOk1-
wa a an Subic Ba the Republic of the Philippines'
na ' j,j p 1 y, ,
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guamg Hong Kong, Singapore, Tai-
wan: Diego Garciag Seychelles, Port Louis, Mauritius, Mel-
bourne, Australia, Mombasa, Kenya, and Danang,
USS Samuel Gompers 5
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Uss SAMUEL GOMPERS CAD 371 is the f3fSf U5-
Navy ship named for a great American WhO devoted 1115
life to the labor movement and American ideals.
Samuel Gompers was born in London on 27 january
1850 and was apprenticed to a cigar maker in 1863. The
following year, at the age of 14, Gompers became associat-
ed with the labor movement. He helped organize and be-
came the president of the Cigarmakers International
Union, which was a model for other unions to follow.
In 1881, Gompers served as chairman of an organiza-
tion that evolved into the Federation of Organized Trades
and Labor Unions ofthe United States and Canada. It was
reorganized and renamed the American Federation of La-
bor QAFLJ in 1886. Gompers was elected president of the
AFL and served in that capacity for more than four dec-
ades as the official head of the American labor movement.
Before the AFL was founded, the labor movement was
fragmented into small individual unions throughout the
country, all working without much cooperation with each
other. Upon formation of the AFL, Gompers took the
helm as its president and welded the labor movement into
a single unit that became a power in the commercial, indus-
trial and political life of the United States.
Gompers believed in the ideals of America and taught
patriotism to all his followers. He kept the labor movement
on a conservative footing and free from radicalism.
A fearless advocate of right and a great humanitarian,
he was also a great lighter. Gompers strove for peace in
American industry, setting an example for others to fol-
low. His work for nearly half a century was dedicated to
advancing' the lot of laborers, both men and women. His
firm conviction that labor could never displace manage-
ment made it possible for h' '
im to successfully negotiate
Gompers' life was a tribute to the contributions that
4 Samuel Gompers
foreign-born Americans have made to the United 5135.
He never forgot the American flag, and the ideals Q
which it stands, throughout his life. f l
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The keystone shaped insignia of USS SAMUEL
GOMPERS symbolizes the importance ofthe tender's mis-
sion. The American eagle represents the strength of the
United States and the concept of power for peace.
Superimposed on the eagle is a composite of symbols
which represent the major technical skills that comprise
the core ofthe ship's capabilities. The anchor represents
deck services - boat, crane, and flight operations, along
with rigging and cargo handling. The gear depicts the rat-
6 Ship's Insignia
ings whose members provide machinery and hull repairs
for ships. It also represents the members-Of ShjP'S
who provide engineering services. The missile 1llu20M
the ordnance and weapons support USS SAMUEL This
PERS furnishes to combatant ships. The electron 0
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It is a fitting symbol for a ship whose CTCW new
vides anything less than "Service Supreme.
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