Class: Klondike-class destroyer tender Complement: 826 Officers and Enlisted Displacement: 8165 tons Length: 492 feet Beam: 69 feet 8 inches Draft: 27 feet 3 in Final Disposition: Sold 8 May 1975
AD 22 AR22
Klondike (AD-22) was one of four destroyer tenders built at the tail end of World War II for the United States Navy. The lead ship in her class, she was named for the Klondike River in the Yukon Territory, Canada, which was the scene of the gold rush of 1897. The Klondike
class destroyer tenders were a Navy adaptation of the Maritime Commission's C3 fast cargo ship design.
Klondike was launched 12 August
1944 by Todd Shipbuilding Corporation of San Pedro, California,
sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy J. Diirck, and commissioned at San Pedro on 30 July
1945, Commander Maurice Edward Hatch in command.
shakedown, Klondike loaded hundreds of tons of spares and stores in
preparation for the task of supplying and maintaining destroyers. She departed
San Pedro on 19 October for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
arriving the 25th. Recalled to the West Coast, she
sailed from Pearl on 7 November with 500 home-bound veterans embarked and
arrived in San Diego on 15 November. On 21 November she became the flagship for Commander, San Diego Group, 19th Fleet and
commenced inactivation operations on ships scheduled for the Pacific Reserve
Fleet. Placed on an inactive status (in commission, in reserve) on 30 November
1946, Klondike was placed in service in late September 1948. She served
as flagship of the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet until 11 May 1955.
Klondike recommissioned 15 July
1959 at Long Beach, California
with Commander Fred Ferguson Mullins, Jr. in command. Returning to San Diego on
4 December, she provided repair facilities as a unit of ServRon 1. On 20 February 1960 she was re-classified as repair
ship USS Klondike (AR-22) and she repaired vessels at San Diego,
Long Beach, and San Francisco until 15 July 1961. Klondike then departed
San Diego for duty in the Far East. Assigned to ServRon 3, she arrived at Yokosuka, Japan on 4 August and until 23 February 1962 she
provided repair facilities at Sasebo and Iwakuni, Japan and Subic Bay, Philippines for the peace-keeping ships of the 7th
Fleet. Returning to the West Coast on 11 March, she resumed her duty out of San
San Diego on 17 July 1963, Klondike steamed via Pearl Harbor for the Western Pacific. While en route to Sasebo, she offered
assistance 6 through 9 August 1963 to a distressed Greek
freighter Cryssism during a raging typhoon. Reaching Sasebo on 11
August, she proceeded to Subic Bay 15 August for repair ship station duty. Klondike
operated in the Far East until 30 November, then she returned to the United
States, arriving San Diego on 14 December 1963. During the next year she
continued servicing ships while operating out of San Diego and San Francisco. Klondike
continued to repair the ships of the Pacific Fleet into mid-1967. Her last Far
Eastern deployment began 25 February 1966 when she departed San Diego. She
remained in the Orient repairing the ships of the mighty 7th Fleet until
returning to Pearl Harbor. The remainder of the year was devoted to
preparing for future action in 1967”.
the Vietnam War Klondike participated in the Tet Counteroffensive from
31 March 1969 to 24 April 1969. She repaired a river supply ship that collided
with a destroyer and was struck in her aft section by enemy fire from river
boats. For her service in Vietnam, the Klondike was awarded the Vietnam Service
Medal with one Bronze Star for the Tet Counteroffensive and the Republic of
Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Klondike was struck from the Naval Register on 15 September 1974, after which time custody
was transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal. Klondike
was sold by MARAD on 8 May 1975, fate unknown.