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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37), 1967-1999

USS Samuel Gompers, lead ship of a class of 20,500-ton destroyer tenders, was built at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington. Commissioned in July 1967, she was assigned to the Pacific Fleet to provide tender support to cruisers, destroyers, frigates and other types of Navy warships. Between 1967 and 1995, she made seventeen deployments to the Western Pacific, with some of those extending to the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. After twenty-eight years of active service, USS Samuel Gompers decommissioned in October 1995. She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in April 1999.

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37) was named in honor of the noted U.S. labor leader Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), who was the first President of the American Federation of Labor and served in that capacity for several decades.

This page presents views of and on board USS Samuel Gompers.

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Photo #: NH 96875

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 24 November 1968.
Photographed by PH3 Bruce M. Laurich.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.

Online Image: 141KB; 740 x 605 pixels

 
Photo #: USN 1139041

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Providing tender services to four destroyers, May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines.
Ships alongside are (left to right):
USS Higbee (DD-806);
USS Douglas H. Fox (DD-779);
USS Robison (DDG-12) and
USS Leary (DD-879).

Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 121KB; 740 x 515 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139041.

 
Photo #: USN 1139121

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Molder puts the finishing touch to a sand mold, while the ship was providing tender services in May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 101KB; 500 x 765 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139121.

 
Photo #: USN 1139120

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Molder smooths the edge of a mold while the ship was providing tender services in May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 101KB; 500 x 765 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139120.

 
Photo #: USN 1139123

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Molders prepare to pour hot metal, while the ship was providing tender services in May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines.
The men present are (left to right):
Molder Third Class Ron McClure;
Molder Third Class Kelly McEntire (behind ML3 McClure) and
Molder Second Class Jerry D. Clark.

Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 80KB; 740 x 520 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139123.

 
Photo #: USN 1139046

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Molders pour liquid metal into a mold, while the ship was providing services to destroyers alongside in May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines.
The men present are (left to right):
Molder Third Class Ron McClure;
Molder Third Class Kelly McEntire and
Molder Second Class Jerry D. Clark.

Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 103KB; 500 x 765 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139046.

 
Photo #: USN 1139125

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


A crewman uses an abrasive wheel in one of the ship's repair shops, while she was providing tender services in May 1969, probably in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Photographed by PH3 Stephen L. Howk.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph.

Online Image: 105KB; 740 x 525 pixels

Reproductions of this image may also be available through the
National Archives photographic reproduction system as Photo # 428-N-1139125.

 
Photo #: NH 69609-KN (Color)

Insignia: USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)


Emblem adopted in 1968.

Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 106KB; 590 x 580 pixels

 


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29 May 1999