USS DIXIE was the lead ship of a class of five destroyer tenders and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Both decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on June 15, 1982, the DIXIE spent the following months laid-up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, Calif. The DIXIE was sold for scrapping on February 17, 1983. She was scrapped in Taiwan.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 27, 1937|
|Keel laid: March 17, 1938|
|Launched: May 27, 1939|
|Commissioned: April 25, 1940|
|Decommissioned: June 15, 1982|
|Builder: New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.|
|Propulsion system: four boilers, geared turbines|
|Length: 530.5 feet (161.7 meters)|
|Beam: 73.2 feet (22.3 meters)|
|Draft: 25.6 feet (7.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 17,176 tons full load|
|Speed: 19.5 knots|
|Aircraft: Flight Deck only, however, not suitable for helo landings|
|Armament: 4 20mm Mk-68 guns|
|Crew: approx. 1000|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS DIXIE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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About the Ship's Name:
The name "Dixie" originated from the early days of Louisiana when the Citizen's Bank issued a ten dollar note bearing the french word "Dix" (ten). The Dixie notes where soon called "Dixies" and Louisiana became known as "Dixieland". As the notes spread throughout the Southern states "Dixie" and "Dixieland" became a pseudonym for the south.
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