class Destroyer Tender:
17,176 tons (full load)
18.5 knots (max); 12 knots (econ)
4 5"/38 DP; 4x2 40mm; 23 20mm
turbine engines; twin screws; 11,300 h.p.
at New York Shipbuilding Co. and commissioned 1940
June 15, 1982
with USS Harmon (DE-678)
The second USS DIXIE (AD 14) was built by the New York
Shipbuilding Corporation of Camden, New Jersey. Her keel was laid 17 March 1938 and she was launched 27 May 1939,
under the sponsorship of Mrs. Andrew Calhoun Pickens, wife of Rear Admiral Pickens. The destroyer tender was placed
in commission at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 25 April 1940, Lieutenant Commander George H. Balm,
USN, in command.
DIXIE departed Philadelphia on 22 May 1940 for training and sea trials out of Norfolk and cruised up the
New England coast before starting out of Hampton Roads on 20 June for the Pacific. After touching San Juan, Puerto
Rico; she transited the Panama canal to pick up Navy men at San Diego, California, for transportation to Pearl
Harbor. Her service in Hawaiian waters was intervened by a
voyage to San Diego (16 September-1 November 1940). Except for this interlude she continued her operations at Pearl
Harbor until 5 October 1941, when she sailed to base at San Diego.
DIXIE was in the Mare Island Navy Yard for overhaul when the Japanese struck Pearl Harbor, but assumed the
task of readying ships for the Pacific War on 22 December 1941 in San Francisco Bay. She left that port, astern
destroyers and other warships which guarded the approaches to the Hawaiian Islands; reinforced the Fuji and Samoan
Islands; engaged the enemy in the Battle of Midway. She
also assisted in preparing the fleet for the invasion of the Soloman Islands and departed Pearl Harbor on 17
November 1942 to tend the fighting ships of the South
Pacific Forces engaged in the bitter fight. Basing her tender operations first in
Noumea, New Calendonia, and
later Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands, she provided thousands of tons of provisions, besides other
issues, to the destroyers present. Capable of making almost any repair to a destroyer, castings were made in
her foundry, then machined to the finest precision for fitting into place on the various ships when needed.
Forgings, weldings, and lathe work of every description were accomplished to keep the fighting fleet in trim and
her optical shop took on repairs from the largest range finders to the finest watches, chronometers and fire
control instruments. Besides this repair work, she
supplied ammunition and depth charges as well as issue and maintenance of ready torpedoes for the destroyers. Her
engineering department supplied electrical power, fresh water, fire and flushing water, steam and lubricating oil
to the destroyers alongside with their own engineering plants closed down for repairs. Concurrently she also had
the important task of clothing and feeding the men of the destroyers as well as her own ship and provide medical
and dental care in the same fashion. She intervened this service with a brief stay in Sydney, Australia, (16-21September 1943) and shifted her base from Espiritu Santo
to Hawthorn Sound, New Georgia, Soloman Islands, on 29 March 1944. Here until 2 June, and, in Purvis Bay (3 June
-10 September 1944), she serviced the ships taking part in
consolidation of the Soloman Islands and in the capture of New Guinea.
DIXIE steamed out of Purvis bay on 10 September 1944 for a brief period of drydock repairs at Espiritu Santo,
then touched at Mios Woendi, New Guinea 24-28 September 1944 on her way to the great fleet anchorage of
Ulithi, Western Caroline Islands. She reached Ulithi on 30 September to service the warships preparing for the
invasion of the Philippine Islands. She remained at Ulithi in support of the warships engaged in the liberation of
the Philippine Islands until 16 February 1945 when she sailed to base her tender duties in San Pedro Bay,
Leyte. Here she remained throughout the remainer of the war. On 6 september 1945 she was underway to support the
occupation forces in China, touching at Okinawa before her arrival in Shanghai on 22 September 1945.
DIXIE carried on her repair work and other tender duties at Shanghai until 5 December 1945 when she pointed
her weary bow homeward. In keeping with Navy tradition, as she steamed toward the United States she flew a Homeward
Bound Pennant, similar in appearance to our national ensign. With one foot of red and white to represent each
enlisted man and one foot of material containing a star in
a blue field to represent each officer, the pennant was 1,100 feet long, its heavy silk material being supported
in aid by 17 hydrogen-filled gunnery balloons. With this pennant flying proudly above, DIXIE arrived in Seattle,
Washington, 17 December 1945, after almost four straight years of overseas duty.
DIXIE departed San Diego on 20 April 1946 for the Marshall Islands where she had important duty in
connection with the Atomic experiments at Bikini. She was
present for both atom bomb tests of "Operation Crossbow" and left the area on 1 September 1946 to resume operations
at San Diego, California. She made a cruise to the Far East (3 mar-2 Oct.1947)to support Fleet units at
relieving Sierra (AD 18) as flagship of Service Squadron Three. DIXIE again arrived in that port from San Diego on
7 March 1949 as the Chinese Communist Army closed in. She departed Tsingtao on 24 May 1949 just before it fell to
the communist troops and touched the Alcritty Anchorage off Shanghai on the 26th, only to find that city was also
in communist hands. After brief visits to Buckner Bay, Yokosuka and Hong Kong, she reached Subic Bay 3 July 1949
to act as temporary headquarters for the American Consul and Charge d'Affaires who had been forced to evacuate with
other Americans from Canton, China. DIXIE was relieved of her duties in the Far East on 11 September by tender
Paririe and returned to San Diego on the 30th. After overhaul in the Mare Island Navy Yard, she resumed tending
operations at San Diego, acting as flagship of Cruiser-
Destroyer Forces of the Pacific Fleet from 4 February to 8 July 1950. The following day she was on her way to the Far
East to support the United Nations Forces in their fight against Communist aggression in Korea
DIXIE arrived in Yokosuka on 27 July 1950, then
shifted to Sasebo, Japan, where she remained tending destroyers until 27 January 1951. On that day she departed
in company with Battleship MISSOURI, cruiser MANCHESTER and seventeen destroyers to take part in a bombardment of
the east coast of Korea. This bombardment was carried out on 31 January 1951 when DIXIE let go with 208 rounds of
five inch shells on railway installations at Kosong, Korea, where she completely destroyed a warehouse full of
explosive material and devasted other industrial targets.She visited Pusan, Korea, (4-5 February) and was relieved
of duty in the Far East by tender PARIRIE on the 5th when she departed for return to the United States. She reached
San Diego on 20 February 1951 and again served as flagship of Cruiser-Destroyer Forces of the Pacific Fleet as she
continued tender duties in that port. A second cruise was made to the Far East in support of United Nations in Korea
(21 Jan.-14 Aug. 1952) and she sailed from San Diego on 17 February 1953 for a third cruise from which she returned
to San Diego on 9 October 1953. During her service for the United Nations Forces in Korea, she repaired a total of
226 warships representing seven nations. She also rendered medical and dental attention, supplies and provisions,
ammunition and disbursing facilities, as well as numerous other services to these and other ships returning from
combat patrols and missions along the Korean coastline.
DIXIE left San Diego on 9 November 1954 for a tour in the Western Pacific and while at sea on 30 November,
received a message requested from Naval Forces in the Philippines to answer the SOS of the Philippine motor ship
NAGA, reported aground off Oot Point in Bantayan Bay, Philippine Islands. She altered course and dispatched a
search and rescue to assist the strickened ship. All passengers and crew members were safely debarked from
NAGA, except for one member of DIXIE's search and rescue team who lost his life by drowning. The destroyer tender
arrived in Subic Bay on 2 December 1954 and visited Manila
before sailing for Hong Kong where she arrived on the 22nd. She arrived in Sasebo from the Philippines on 5
March 1955 and supported Seventh Fleet units in the Far East until 15 April when she departed Yokosuka for return
to San Diego on 3 May 1955.
DIXIE earned the Battle Efficiency Competition Award in 1955. In the following years she continued to alternate
her flagship and tender duties at San Diego with tours of service in support of the Seventh Fleet in the Far East,
where she served as flagship of Commander Destroyer Flotilla One. Departing San Diego on 17 January 1956, she
spent the greater part of her time in Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands with brief stays at Sasebo and Yokosuka
before her return to San Diego on 15 August 1956. She underwent overhaul in the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (18
April-20 June 1956), followed by another cruise to the Far East and return 18 July 1957-31 January 1958).
DIXIE again sailed to support the Seventh Fleet on 27 December 1958 and returned home to San Diego on 7 August
1959. She celebrated her 20th anniversary of commissioning on 25 April 1960 and was underway from San Diego on 7 July
to base her tender service to the Seventh Fleet at Yokosuka where she again was flagship for Commander
Destroyer Flotilla One and staff. The DIXIE basketball team ushered in the new year by defeating the team of the
USS St.Paul (CA 73) to win the Seventh Fleet Basketball Championship in January 1961. On 24 January she departed
Yokosuka for her home port of San Diego, arriving there on 6 February. After a short stay she sailed for the Mare
Island Naval Shipyard, arriving on 1 March to commence FRAM MK II Conversion. She celebrated her 21st birthday
by undergoing a complete face-lifting, including the
addition of a new helicopter flight deck and hanger area, which necessitated the removal of mounts 53 and 54. Her
modernization gave her capabilities for maintenance and repair for the latest weapons systems, including DASH
and ASROC, as well as increased efficiency and livability. With her conversion completed,
she sailed from Vallejo on 27 June, arriving in San Diego on 5 July to assume
duties as flagship for Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and tending of First Fleet destroyers.
DIXIE spent the remainer of 1961 performing these duties and preparing for deployment with the Seventh Fleet again
early in 1962.
On 2 February 1962 DIXIE departed San Diego for her next Far East deployment, which was to last until 25
September 1962. During this tour in the Western Pacific, DIXIE again earned the Combat Efficiency Award for tenders
in CRUDESPAC. One of the contributing factors to the receipt of this award was the simultaneous refueling and
high-lining of two destroyers at sea. The destroyers
involved were USS COLAHAN (DD 658) and USS LAWS (DD 558). This was an operation never before accomplished by a
On February 1962 DIXIE affected a rescue at sea of a 34 foot sailing yawl 180 miles south of Tokyo, Japan. The
yawl owned by J.D. Challinar, QMC (ret), was sighted at 0630 after having been in 14 foot seas for 14 days.
DIXIE also transported 30
tons of HANDCLASP material for distribution to authorities in the Far East. On 14
April 1962 she completed construction and installed two 1,200-gallon fresh water tanks for use by St. Joseph's
Elementary School, Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines. On 16-17 May 1962 DIXIE embarked the U.S. Ambassador to
Japan and U.S. Naval Attache for the purpose of taking
part in the 23rd Black Ship Festivities at Shimada, Japan. Change of command ceremonies were held on board
DIXIE on 8 July 1962 when Captain Neil H. Fisher relieved Captain Bryan H. Smith as Commanding Officer.
Dixie ended her tour of duty in the Far East on 9 September 1962 when she was relieved by sistership PARIRIE
(AD 15). She returned to San Diego on 25 September 1962 to again take up the duties of tender and flagship for
Following several months of tender servicing in San
Diego during early 1963, DIXIE departed the California port 27 May 1963 for a short cruise to Seattle,
Washington and tender availability for several Reserve training destroyers there. Enroute to seattle, DIXIE was
called upon to affect the rescue od an injured sailor,
Charles Cox, ENFN, aboard the Radar Ship USS PICKET (AGR 7) some 200 miles off the coast of Washington state
in the rough waters of the North Pacific. Successful transfer of the injured man from PICKET to DIXIE took
place in heavy seas and the tender steamed on to Seattle, arriving as scheduled. The sailor was transferred in
"good condition" to an Army hospital there.
During the Seattle visit, change of command ceremonies were held on board DIXIE 8 June 1963 when Captain Arthur
Parris relieved Captain Neil H. Fisher as Commanding Officer. Captain Parris had been Executive Officer on
DIXIE in 1959-60. DIXIE departed Seattle for return to San Diego on 15 June 1963. With brief stays at Seal Beach,
California and San Francisco, she arrived in San Diego on 22 June to resume tender duty and ready herself for
another tour in the Western Pacific.
On 1 August 1963 DIXIE once again departed San Diego for the Wester Pacific and a deployment which would last
until 6 February 1964. After a stop at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, she arrived at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan,
on 19 August, relieving tender PIEDMONT (AD 17) in repair services for the Seventh Fleet, and as flagship for
Commander Destroyer Flotilla One.
The WestPac stay, which included a good will side trip to Hong Kong, BCC, in November, saw DIXIE active in many
fields. Early in the deployment 19 DIXIE boilermen, boilermakers, and machinist mates were given a special
commendation by the Commanding Officer of USS SOUTHERLAND (DD 743) for "superhuman" efforts in affecting repairs to
the engineering plant of the destroyer. A CRUDESPAC record was set by DIXIE during the tour when she accomplished the
regunning of destroyers FRANK B. KNOX (DDR 740) and USS MANSFIELD (DD 728) in four and six hours respectively. In
the area of "people to people" relations, DIXIE took the Japanese orphans of the Kobo Aiji-En Home, near Yokosuka,
under her sponsorship. The 42 small children were entertained by DIXIE on three occasions: the annual Oiso
Long Beach Picnic; a Thanksgiving Party; and a Christmas Party. Men of the DIXIE also volunteered their time and
services in assisting in repairs and construction at the Japanese Orphanage.
In January 1964, enroute home to San Diego from the Western Pacific, where she was relieved of her Seventh
Fleet duties by PARIRIE (AD 15), DIXIE learned that she had won the coveted "E" for Battle Efficiency a second
consecutive year in the 1962-63 CRUDESPAC tender competition, thus qualifying for a hashmark to be
displayed beneath the battle "E" she had won in 1962. After a brief stop at Pearl Harbor, DIXIE arrived as
scheduled in San Diego on February 6, 1964.
April brought another award to the credit of the DIXIE. Good food, properly served, and unusually clean
conditions, earned DIXIE the NEY Award. DIXIE won over
CRUDESPAC ships serving 300 or more men.
Seven destroyers tied alongside kept the DIXIE's repair department going full blast during May.
Servicing seven destroyers at one time is an unusual
occurrence, even for DIXIE.
Also during May, the 1963 FORCE ATHLETIC TROPHY winner was announced. This was the second consecutive year that
DIXIE copped the trophy over the other tenders of the Pacific Fleet.
A change of command ceremony was held June 27, 1964 aboard the DIXIE as Captain E.L. Sumrall, USN, formerly
assigned to the Army Desert Test Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, relieved Captain Arthur Parris, USN, as commanding
As flagship for CRUDESPAC, the DIXIE was host to Rear Admiral Marshall E. Dornin, USN, from May until July, when
DIXIE left San Diego for Todd Shipyards, Long Beach, Calif.
On November 3, 1964, the DIXIE deployed for duty in
the Western Pacific. DIXIE serviced the Destroyers of CRUDESPAC in Subic Bay, Hong Kong, and
Yokosuka, and participated in operations in the South China Sea in support of COMSEVENTHFLT units.
DIXIE returned to the states on May 8, 1965, and became the flagship of Rear Admiral W.H. Baumberger,
Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 1 August 1965/
Captain E.L. Sumrall was relieved by Captain W.J. Coleman in change of command ceremonies aboard the DIXIE
on 1 October 1965 at San Diego, California.
The DIXIE, under command of Captain Coleman, left pier 6, U.S. Naval Base, San Diego, on January 25, 1966, and
headed Southwest on a course for Hawaii. It was not a smooth trip; DIXIE plowed through waves 13 feet high and
was buffeted by winds of 30 knots. The Pacific crossing took 18 days including a stopover at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,
where Cdr W.L. Bushy was relieved by Cdr. A.G. Henry as Executive Officer of the DIXIE.
February 13, 1966 saw the DIXIE nosing into the Naval Base at Yokosuka, Japan. Work prders from the USS MATHEWS
(AKA 96) were waiting and provided the official beginning of the DIXIE's mission in the Far East. While in Japan the
DIXIE basketball team scored often and was invited to remain in Japan to participate in the COMFLTACTS and
COMNAVFOR JAPAN tournaments when the ship left on february 24, 1966. In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the DIXIE relieved the
PIEDMONT (AD 17) and began work on Destroyers from the Taiwan Straits Patrol. The ship already had in little over
a month , logged 7,300 miles. The softball season opened while the DIXIE Rebels started a string of excitation
games. Project Handclasp distribution began in earnest as DIXIE sailors journeyed to villages and mountain hamlets
to visit hospitals and orphanages.
DIXIE headed south once more on Mar 18, 1966, arriving in Subic Bay, Philippines, to begin a two month period of
ship tending. Destroyers from the war zone came alongside, including the USS PORTERFIELD (DD 682) whose
worn out "5" guns were completely replaced in just one day. The softball team met and defeated teams from the USS MARKAB (AR 23)
and the USS ENTERPRISE (CVA(N) 65).
The AD 14 slipped out of Subic Bay just ahead of Typhoon Irma on May 16, 1966. She headed for Hong Kong for a week
of rest and relaxation. On May 21, 1966, tragedy struck as Huston Gilman, ET2, succumbed
to a heart attack while on
watch on DIXIE's quarterdeck. His was the third death of the cruise; DIXIE crew members Henry Fleming, BT2, and
Keith Lynch. MM3, had died on March 22, 1966, while the ship was in Subic Bay.
May 24, 1966, saw DIXIE once again putting into Kaohsiung, Taiwan, but her stay was brief. DIXIE set to
sea again shortly after arriving, for typhoon evasion, as
Typhoon Judy approached Taiwan. The DIXIE spent four days at sea then returned. While in Kaohsiung the DIXIE shared
the harbor with USS OKLAHOMA CITY (CLG 5) which carried COMSEVENTHFLT, VAdm J.J. Hyland, USN, and his staff. When
the DIXIE left Kaohsiung on July 3, 1966, she had serviced 20 Seventh Fleet ships in the harbor.
During a brief stopover at Yokosuka, Japan, the DIXIE welcomed aboard her adopted sister, Noriko Shimizu, an 11
year old Japanese orphan supported by contributions from the DIXIE crew members.
On July 30, 1966, the DIXIE left Yokosuka and headed for home. Her return voyage was shared by the USS EVANS
(DE 1023), which she refueled and replenished during the two week trip. DIXIE's 1966 WESTPAC Cruise officially
ended on the morning of August 13, 1966, as she entered San Diego Harbor and became the flagship of COMCRUDESPAC,
RAdm W.H. Baumberger, USN.
Captain W.J. Coleman, USN, was relieved by Captain W.L. Wilder, USN, in changer of command ceremonies aboad the
DIXIE on November 4, 1966 at San Diego, California. At year's end, DIXIE played host to officers and men of the
Royal Canadian Navy when HMCS BEACON HILL visited San Diego.
During 1967, DIXIE continued providing repair and supply support to the destroyers of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
She began the year by tending destroyers for two months in Long Beach. Returning to San Diego, DIXIE again provided
services in her home port until her departure for the Western Pacific in late April. Upon completion of a five
month tour of duty with Task Force 73, DIXIE returned to
San Diego on 31 October and resumed tending duties until year's end. Highlight of the many proud achievements for
DIXIE during the year was the winning of the Battle Efficiency "E" for CRUDESPAC large tenders. In addition,
the Operations Department was awarded the departmental "E" for excellence.
On 12 January 1968 the DIXIE commenced a yard period at Long Beach, California. Upon completion of the overhaul
on 18 April 1968 the DIXIE returned to San Diego to once again commence tender duties. While stationed in San Diego
the DIXIE also served as the Flag Ship for COMCRUDESPAC, RAdm. M.B. Freeman, USN.
Captain L.A. Wilder, USN, was relieved by Captain J.E. Renn, USN, in change of command ceremonies aboard the
DIXIE on 21 June 1968 at San Diego, California.
On 9 August 1968 DIXIE was underway once again for Subic Bay, arriving there on the 3rd of September after a
brief stop at Pearl harbor, Hawaii. In September, DIXIE proudly painted on her first hashmark underneath her
Battle Efficiency "E".
On 2 October DIXIE departed Subic Bay for a brief "R&R" visit to Hong Kong, returning to Subic Bay on the
20th of October. The fiscal year 68 Operations "E" was again awarded to the DIXIE during the month of November.
DIXIE departed for her return voyage to San Diego, Calif., on 3 December. After numerous diversions and
experiencing five gales and one storm enroute, DIXIE
arrived in San Diego Sunday morning the 23rd of December, one day behind schedule. The remaining portion of the year
was spent in a leave status.
The beginning of 1969 brought the return of the working routines to the DIXIE crew and the honor of serving as
Flagship to COMCRUDESFLOT 11, RAdm H.H. Anderson, USN.
DIXIE once again deployed to WESTPAC on 11 August 1969 and arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines on 2 September after
a brief stop over in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Shortly after arrival, Captain Paul H. Dallmann, USN, relieved Captain
John R. Renn, USN, as DIXIE's commanding officer. During her stay, DIXIE became the temporary flagship for
COMCRUDESGROUP 7TH FLEET, RAdm H.H. Anderson, USN.
On 5 November, DIXIE sailed for a brief "R&R" visit to Hong Kong, and on 15 November, departed for Yokosuka,
Japan, where shwe remained until 28 January 1970 when she began her return voyage to San Diego. While in Yokosuka,
DIXIE's crew hosted a Christmas party for Noriko Shimizu and her classmates from the KUFU Kodomoen Orphanage in
On the 12th of February 1070, DIXIE steamed into San Diego Harbor to the cheers of her dependents and a long
awaited rest. On the 18th of February, DIXIE became the Flagship for COMCRUDSEPAC, RAdm Douglas C. Plate, USN.
DIXIE remained in port in San Diego providing tender services to units of the
Pacific Fleet until 30 November 1970, at which time she got underway for local
operations and an Operational Readiness Inspection, returning to her berth in
San Diego harbor on 10 December 1970, at which time Rear Admiral A.G. Esch, USN,
Commander Cruiser- Destroyer Flotilla Eleven broke his flag in DIXIE. 31
December 1970 found DIXIE moored in San Diego harbor completing all preparations
for deployment to the Western Pacific, scheduled for departure on 5 January
1971. DIXIE commenced 1971 moored at Naval Station San Diego. DIXIE was
completing final preparations for deployment to the Western Pacific. Admiral
Esch hauled down his flag and DIXIE departed for Pearl Harbor on 5 January
arriving on 12 January. On 14 January DIXIE got underway for Subic bay, Republic
of the Philippines. An engineering casualty late that night forced the DIXIE to
return to Pearl Harbor for Emergency repairs. On 18 January, DIXIE again set out
for Subic Bay, arriving there on 2 February. DIXIE remained there until 5 April
when she visited Hong Kong with 93 dependents and Department of Defense
sponsored civilians embarked for Rest and Recreation. After six days in Hong
Kong, DIXIE returned to Subic Bay, arriving there on 15 April. On 25 April 1971,
DIXIE celebrated the commencement of her 31st year of continuous active service.
On 25 May, DIXIE got underway for Sasebo, Japan where she provided valuable
services to destroyers in the area. On 18 June DIXIE was underway for Yokosuka,
Japan, arriving there on 20 June. On 23 June, the USS Prairie (AD15) relieved
DIXIE of her WestPac duties and assumed duty as Commander Task Unit 70.8.1 On 25
June DIXIE sailed for San Diego, arriving in her homeport on 8 July after a
remarkably casualty-free, high speed run. After thirty days stand-down period,
DIXIE again received destroyers alongside. Rear Admiral R.C. Robinson, USN,
Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla Eleven broke his flag in DIXIE on 19 July.
Rear Admiral S.H.Kinney, USN, COMCRUDESPAC, broke his flag in DIXIE on 23
September. On 3 September 1971, Captain J.E. Evans relieved Captain P.H. Dallman
as Commanding Officer of DIXIE. DIXIE commenced 1972 moored at the Naval
Station, San Diego, heavily engaged in ship tending with Rear Admiral Mark W.
Woods, Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet, embarked. On 25 April,
DIXIE celebrated the commencement of her thirty-second year of continuous active
service. Her overhaul period began on 24 June and on 29 June Rear Admiral Woods
hauled down his flag. DIXIE's period in dry dock began 11 July and on 16
September, she moved back to the pier for continuing yard availability. During
the next six weeks DIXIE succeeded in completing both her overhaul period and
her final preparations for deployment to the Western Pacific. DIXIE's post yard
shakedown cruise was conducted enroute to Seal Beach on 1 November, where she
onloaded ammunition and weapons in record time. Underway from there on the
following day, DIXIE set out for a non-stop transit to Yokosuka, Japan.
Following her arrival on 17 November, DIXIE remained in Yokosuka providing
valuable services to destroyers through the end of 1972. DIXIE commenced 1973
moored at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, busily engaged in tending Seventh
fleet ships. Additionally, she conducted a period of self-tended availability
from 15 January to the time of her departure on 24 February for Taiwan. While
maneuvering for mooring position in Kaohsiung harbor on 28 February, DIXIE
experienced a minor collision with Orient Overseas Line ship "Hong Kong
Success". From then until her departure for Hong Kong on 13 April, DIXIE
extended tender services to WestPac ships. During this period the ship was
officially visited by Commander cruiser -Destroyer force, Pacific Fleet, Rear
Admiral Mark W. Woods, and by the Mayor of Kaohsiung City, and several
high-ranking Nationalist Chinese military officers accompanyed him. Following a
five day R&R period in Hong Kong, 14-19 April, DIXIE proceeded to Subic Bay,
Philippines, for a brief stop to offload weapons on 21 April, then steamed
non-stop to CONUS, arriving in San Diego on 10 May. After a thirty day
stand-down period, she commenced ship tending at the Naval Station, San Diego.
On 20 June, Rear Admiral Mark W. Woods, Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Force,
Pacific Fleet, broke his flag in DIXIE. DIXIE continued to serve proudly as
Force flagship and to provide valuable services of repair to destroyers through
the end of 1973. On 8 August, Captain J.E. Evans, USN, was relieved as
Commanding Officer of the DIXIE by Captain Daryl O. Maxwell.
received five battle stars for Korean War service.