USS Everglades (AD-24)

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USS Everglades (AD-24)
Name: USS Everglades
Builder: Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, San Pedro, California
Launched: 28 January 1945
Commissioned: 25 May 1951
Decommissioned: 15 August 1970
Struck: 24 May 1989
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 4 September 1991
General characteristics
Class and type: Klondike-class destroyer tender
  • 8,165 long tons (8,296 t) light
  • 11,755 long tons (11,944 t) full
Length: 492 ft (150 m)
Beam: 69 ft 8 in (21.23 m)
Draft: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbines, 8,500 shp (6,338 kW)
Speed: 18.4 knots (34.1 km/h; 21.2 mph)
Complement: 826

USS Everglades (AD-24) was one of four Klondike class destroyer tenders built at the tail end of World War II for the United States Navy. The vessel was named for the Florida Everglades.

Everglades was launched on 28 January 1945 by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, San Pedro, California, sponsored by Mrs. Anne E. Richardson, and completed on 23 May 1946. Never commissioned, she was turned over to the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet for inactivation on 15 May 1947. United States embroilment in the Korean War occasioned activation of Everglades, who commissioned for the first time on 25 May 1951, Captain Thomas M. Brown commanding.

Service history[edit]

Following shakedown and training exercises, Everglades transited the Panama Canal and arrived at Norfolk, Virginia, for duty with Destroyer Force Atlantic. She played a vital part in keeping the Navy ready, repairing Norfolk-based destroyers and servicing ships in the Caribbean or the Mediterranean where she made four extensive cruises through the end of 1960. Everglades removed aircraft wreckage from the Palomares Incident for dumping in the Atlantic.[1]

Everglades was decommissioned in January 1970 at Charleston, S.C.; struck from the Naval Register, 24 May 1989, and laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia where she was used as a support ship. Everglades was transferred to MARAD, 2 July 1990 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet. Sold, 4 September 1991 to A. L. Burbank Ship Brokers, Ft. Lee, NJ, for scrapping in Alang, India. Removed from Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Reserve Fleet, 14 December 1991. Arrived January 1992.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Melson, June 1967, p.36

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

  • "Everglades". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  • "AD-24 Everglades". Service Ship Photo Archive. Archived from the original on April 4, 2005. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
  • Melson, Lewis B., CAPT USN (June 1967). "Contact 261". United States Naval Institute Proceedings.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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