USS CAPE COD was the third YELLOWSTONE - class destroyer tender. Decommissioned on September 29, 1995, and stricken from the Navy list on April 7, 1999, the CAPE COD is now berthed at the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, VA, awaiting final disposal.
The USS CAPE COD was the first ship in the Navy named after the peninsula projecting from the southern coast of Massachusetts and bounded by the Cape Cod Canal, Atlantic Ocean, and the Nantucket Sound. It was named by an English explorer in 1602 after the fish found most plentiful in the area. It was at Cape Cod (at what is now Provincetown) that the Pilgrams landed and the Mayflower Compact was signed in 1620.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: September 30, 1977|
|Keel laid: January 27, 1979|
|Launched: August 2, 1980|
|Commissioned: April 17, 1982|
|Decommissioned: September 29, 1995|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: Two boilers, steam turbines, one shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 643 feet (196 meters)|
|Beam: 85 feet (25.9 meters)|
|Draft: 27 feet (8.2 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 20,500 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Aircraft: helicopter platform|
|Crew: 36 officers and 1,330 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CAPE COD. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Coat of Arms:
The crescent simulates a peninsula or cape of land and the fish is the Atlantic Cod. The scallop (or pilgrim) shell is symbolic of the first settlers. The sailing ship refers to the MAYFLOWER and the early traditions of the area. The Pennant represents the national Ensign and the flag with the white star alludes to the seal and flag of Massachusetts.
USS CAPE COD Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE COD laid up on the James River in Virginia, on October 30, 2010.