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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”