USS Isle Royale (AD-29)

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USS Isle Royale
USS Isle Royale (AD-29) at Pearl Harbor, May 1963
Name: USS Isle Royale
Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, Seattle, Washington
Launched: 19 September 1945
Acquired: 2 July 1946
Commissioned: 9 June 1962
Decommissioned: 11 March 1970
Struck: 15 September 1976
Honours and
1 battle star (Vietnam)
General characteristics
Type: Shenandoah-class destroyer tender
  • 8,165 long tons (8,296 t) light
  • 16,880 long tons (17,151 t) full
Length: 492 ft (150 m)
Beam: 69 ft 6 in (21.18 m)
Draft: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)
Propulsion: Geared turbine, single propeller
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 977 officers and enlisted

USS Isle Royale (AD-29) was a Shenandoah-class destroyer tender named for an island of the Great Lakes.

Isle Royale was launched by Todd Pacific Shipyards, Inc. of Seattle, Washington on 19 September 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Greer A. Duncan; and delivered to the Navy on 2 July 1946 for layup in the San Diego Reserve Fleet. During her period of inactivation, Isle Royale served as headquarters ship for the San Diego Subgroup, Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was designated to replace the USS Hamul (AD-20) in the active fleet, and commissioned at Long Beach, California on 9 June 1962, taking Hamul's officers and men as that ship decommissioned. After shakedown, Isle Royale moved to Long Beach to begin her services to Pacific Fleet destroyers, supplying them with parts and vital repair facilities.

Service history[edit]

The tender sailed for Pearl Harbor on 8 February 1963 and for the next seven months served the destroyers roaming the Pacific on their vital peacekeeping mission. She returned to Long Beach from this deployment on 11 September 1963 and conducted training operations in California waters until June 1964. The ship then got underway again for Pearl Harbor, where she operated until 30 October. She returned to Long Beach 5 November where she operated until departing 3 August 1965 for a scheduled six-month mid-Pacific cruise. However, upon arriving Pearl Harbor, she received orders to proceed on to the Philippines where she tended ships of the 7th Fleet fighting in Vietnam. Isle Royale earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service.

Isle Royale returned to Long Beach on 5 March 1966 and operated along the West Coast until sailing again for the Far East on 16 September. She remained in the Orient operating primarily out of Subic Bay tending the destroyers of the 7th Fleet until her return to Long Beach on 12 April 1967. Thereafter Isle Royale operated in waters off southern California preparing for future action.

After she was decommissioned on 11 March 1970, Isle Royale was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 September 1976. Custody was transferred to the Maritime Administration, for disposal; Isle Royale was sold by MARAD on 1 December 1977, to Waterman Supply Co. who stripped her any usable parts before selling the hulk to International Steel Co. for scrap.


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

  • "Isle Royale". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 27 February 2007. 
  • "AD-29 Isle Royale". Service Ship Photo Archive. Retrieved 8 October 2007. 

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