Dixie (AD 14) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1962

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I HISTORY, USS DIXIE The USS DIXIE CAD-145, who gives her name to the Navy's largest class of destroyer tenders, was built at the New York Sh1pbu1ld1ng Company, New Jersey, and was launched 27 May 1939 The first sh1p to be designed from the keel up for the purpose of repairing and serv1c1ng modern fleet destroyers, the DIXIE was formerly placed 1n comm1ss1on on April 25th 1940, at the Philadelphia N-HV211 Shipyard Her twenty-two years of commissioned SCIVICC IS the longest span of continuous service of any sh1p 1n the Pacific Fleet The DIXIE's entire career has been devoted to serving destroyers of the Pacific Fleet Although San Diego has always been her home port her first five years were spent for the most part in close support of destroyers 1n World War II combat The DIXIE operated in such places as New Caledonia the Herbrides the Sourthern Solomons and the Northern Solomons where she provided the needs of such renowned outfits as Admiral Arle1gh Burkes L1ttle Beavers QDestroyer Squadron 235 in their operations up The Slot She also provided support at the Netherlands East Indies the Western Carolinas and eventually the Philippines The DIXIE arrived 1n Seattle in December 1945 after almost four straight years of overseas duty DIXIE returned aga1n to San Diego and remained there SCI'V1C111g destroyers until March 1947 when she left for Tsingtao China Having been relieved by the PRAIRIE the DIXIE started home in September 1947 and arrived in San Diego 1n October She remained in San Diego and Long Beach repa1r1ng sh1ps until February 1949 when she returned to Tsingtao China The DIXIE left Tsmgtao in May 1949 just before lt fell to the Communist armies and sa1led to Buckner Bay Okinawa The DIXIE departed from Buckner Bay 1n June 1949 for Yokosuka Japan and departed 1n June for Sub1c Bay Philippines to act as headquarters for the American Consul and Charge de Affa1fS on the forced evacuation by the com mun1sts of all Americans in Canton Ch1na In 1946 she turned westward again to assist in "Operations Crossroads " at the Bikini Atoll. The

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DEDICATION We, the men Who made this cruise to the Western Pacific, dedicate this book to the loved ones We left behind. We hope that they can, .by reading this record of our oruise, share a small part of this ex- perience With us. - .JY ggrs--1:--gL.::.'-32,1p,..,.-.f.1gxg,':.g,:.3gs,' '.:.1a'.1 r.z.f-I 1:- - - -0- .-:Aff Q.,-+'q.s.-4...,.:.,. ... - .,.1-,-,, -. .L



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The DIXIE Was relieved by the PRAIRIE in September 1949 and sailed for San Diego Where she continued repairing destroyers until overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. After overhaul, the DIXIE returned to San Diego Where she became nagship for Rear Admiral DuBose, Commander Cruiser- Destroyer Force, Pacinc Fleet. ' The DIXIE left San Diego 9 July 1950 for Japan to assist in the Korean Campaign The DIXIE left Japan and with the MISSOURI, MANCHESTER and seventeen destroyers, she participated in the bombarding of the East Coast of Korea. The DIXIE departed for the U. S. in February 1951 to resume duties as Flagship for Rear Admiral DuBose in San Diego. The DIXIE again left San Diego on 9 November 1954 for another tour of duty in the Western Pacinc, returning in 1955. Since 1955 the DIXIE has made three tours to the Western Pacinc Zone. In 1957 the DIXIE served as nagship for Rear. Admiral Rivero, Commander Destroyer Flotilla One. In 1958- she returned to San Diego and serviced as nagship for Rear Admiral Smedburg, Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Forces Pacinc. In January 1959, the DIXIE ,again returned to WestPac. She served as nagship for Destroyer Flotilla ONE, Rear Admiral Weathervvax, Commanding. She visited such ports as Hong Kong, Beppu and Sasebo. She returned to San Diego in August of 1959. While in San Diego, she served as flagship for Rear Admiral U.AS. G. Sharp, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Forces Pacinc. The DIXIE rotated again to WestPac in 1961 serving as flagship for Rear Admiral Leverton, ,Com- Imander, Destroyer Flotilla ONE and Rear Admiral Waters. After returning to the West Coast, the DIXIE Was given a FRAM overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and in July 1961 returned to San Diego to become nagship for Rear Admiral Verden, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Forces Pacinc. The DIXIE rotated again to WestPac for the present cruise in February 1962 and became nagship for Rear Admiral Van Arsdall, Commander, Destroyer Flotilla ONE.

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