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USS Prairie AD-15 Photos and History

   
Captain (CAPT) T.S. Althouse, commanding officer of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD 15), re-enlists ten petty officers and chief petty officers during a ceremony honoring the 45th anniversary of the commissioning of the ship.
<br>- 1985 Captain (CAPT) T.S. Althouse, commanding officer of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD 15), re-enlists ten petty officers and chief petty officers during a ceremony honoring the 45th anniversary of the commissioning of the ship.
- 1985
   
Navy perfsonel stand at attention and salute as the colors are raised during a ceremony honoring the 45th anniversary of the commissioning of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD 15).
<br>- 1985 
Navy perfsonel stand at attention and salute as the colors are raised during a ceremony honoring the 45th anniversary of the commissioning of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD 15).
- 1985
   
Crew members stand in formation at the start of the decommissioning ceremony for the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD-15). The PRAIRIE had been the oldest ship in naval service and, with its decommissioning, that role will be assumed by the submarine tender USS ORION (AS-18).<br>- 1993 Crew members stand in formation at the start of the decommissioning ceremony for the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD-15). The PRAIRIE had been the oldest ship in naval service and, with its decommissioning, that role will be assumed by the submarine tender USS ORION (AS-18).
- 1993
   
A starboard bow view of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD-15) moored to a pier and decorated with bunting prior to its decommissioning ceremony. The 'Don't Treat on Me' flag flying from the vessel's mast signifies that the PRAIRIE is the oldest ship in naval service. Following its decommissioning, that role will be assumed by the submarine tender USS ORION (AS-18).
<br>- 1993 A starboard bow view of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD-15) moored to a pier and decorated with bunting prior to its decommissioning ceremony. The "Don't Treat on Me" flag flying from the vessel's mast signifies that the PRAIRIE is the oldest ship in naval service. Following its decommissioning, that role will be assumed by the submarine tender USS ORION (AS-18).
- 1993
   
A starboard bow view of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD-15) moored to a pier and decorated with bunting prior to its decommissioning ceremony. The 'Don't Treat on Me' flag flying from the vessel's mast signifies that the PRAIRIE is the oldest ship in naval service. Following its decommissioning, that role will be assumed by the submarine tender USS ORION (AS-18).<br>- 1993 A starboard bow view of the destroyer tender USS PRAIRIE (AD-15) moored to a pier and decorated with bunting prior to its decommissioning ceremony. The "Don't Treat on Me" flag flying from the vessel's mast signifies that the PRAIRIE is the oldest ship in naval service. Following its decommissioning, that role will be assumed by the submarine tender USS ORION (AS-18).
- 1993
   
   
USS Prairie Framed Display

This is a beautiful ship display commemorating the USS Prairie AD-15 and all those who served aboard. The artwork depicts the USS Prairie in all her glory.
This wonderful product is avalable in the ship's store.


A DONATION IS MADE WITH EACH ORDER TO THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHARITABLE SERVICE TRUST CHARITY TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE FOR ALL OF THEIR SACRIFICES!

   
USS Prairie Engraved Plaque

View this fine, heavy, detailed engraving of the USS Prairie AD-15 Ship's Crest on aluminum plate....available in the
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A DONATION IS MADE WITH EACH ORDER TO THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHARITABLE SERVICE TRUST CHARITY TO SHOW OUR GRATITUDE FOR ALL OF THEIR SACRIFICES!

   
   

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USS PRAIRIE HISTORY

Displacement 16,500 tons
Length 530’6”
Beam 73’4”
Draft 24’5”; s.
Speed 18 knots
Ships Complement 1,698

The second Prairie (AD-15), a destroyer tender, was laid down 7 December 1938 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; launched 9 December 1939; sponsored by Mrs. Samuel M. Robinson; and commissioned 5 August 1940, Capt. J. B. W. Waller in command. Prior to U.S. entry into World War II, Prairie cruised between Atlantic ports from Colon, C.Z. to Argentia, Newfoundland. She was docked at Argentia, tending Allied ships, on 7 December 1941 as the first direct blows of World War II struck the United States. A floating workshop for American and other Allied destroyers, Prairie was “mother ship” to a squadron of destroyers at Argentia, the Atlantic terminus of the transatlantic convoy route. A fire from Spry (PG–64), secured astern of Prairie, spread to the tender 29 May 1942 and caused extensive damage. After repairing at Boston, Prairie returned to Argentia. On 22 February 1943, U.S. Coast Guard cutter Campbell (WPG–32) was rammed during an engagement with a German submarine; complete overhaul was provided by Prairie, and Campbell sailed to the United States 27 May. Departing Argentia 2:3 September, Prairie steamed to Boston, and on to Pearl Harbor in November, to remain until February 1944. She departed Pearl Harbor 7 February to move with advancing forces in operations against the Marshall Islands. Lying in sheltered waters, Prairie tended destroyers throughout the remainder of the war. Majuro Atoll had been secured 7 February, and Prairie arrived there the 13th, to remain at this advantageous point for mobile supply during the costly campaign for Tarawa. Departing Majuro 3 June, she steamed to Eniwetok, where she was while fighting progressed in the Marianas and Carolines. Reporting to Ulithi 8 October, Prairie was there at war’s end and remained until 1 October 1945, when she steamed to Tokyo Bay. On 30 November she steamed home to San Francisco. Prairie steamed to San Diego, destroyer force headquarters, 16 February 1946 and remained there until 11 August 1947. The Korean conflict demanded more hurried operations from Prairie, and she sailed to provide tending services for U.N. forces from 2 February to 3 August 1951 and again from 6 April to 10 September 1952, and from late August 1953 to 11 April 1954. After this period of increased activity, Prairie continued to provide repair, supply, and medical services to ships of the 7th Fleet. In March 1956, the tender returned to San Diego after completing an around-the-world cruise, a rarity for a destroyer tender. In 1958, Prairie steamed to Yokohama 8 May for the ceremonies at which Yokohama and San Diego became sister cities. In October 1959, she steamed to Taiwan for the “10–10 Day” festival, a day similar to U.S. Independence Day for the Nationalist Chinese. In Spring 1961, the tender participated in the “Pony Express” exercises held by SEATO forces. She returned to Pearl Harbor 15 July 1966 for her first visit in over 20 years; she repaired over 100 vessels there before departing the area 6 December. During a 6 month tour at Pearl Harbor beginning in July ‘67, Prairie rescued survivors from the yacht Anobell in turbulent waters 600 miles off Hawaii 11 December and transported them to San Diego. In 1968, Prairie added a People-to-People program to her schedule of duties while at Taiwan. As part of that program, her crew painted a new orphanage and provided dental care to remote areas of the island. Prairie continues to service ships of the 7th Fleet into 1970.

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