USS PIEDMONT was the third DIXIE - class destroyer tender and the first ship in the Navy named after the region which lies just east of the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Carolinas. Decommissioned on September 30, 1982, the PIEDMONT was transferred to Turkey on October 18, 1982, where she was recommissioned as TCG DERYA (A 576). On August 6, 1987, the ship was officially purchased by Turkey and stricken from the US Navy list. TCG DERYA served until 1994, when she was decommissioned and sold for scrapping.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: December 1, 1941|
|Launched: December 7, 1942|
|Commissioned: January 5, 1944|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1982|
|Builder: Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Fla.|
|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 PIEDMONT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS PIEDMONT Cruise Books:
USS PIEDMONT Image Gallery:
The two photos below are US Navy photos from PIEDMONT's WestPac Cruise Book 1957.