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USS Dobbin (AD-3) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Dobbin (AD-3) 

USS Dobbin (AD-3) was launched 5 May 1921 by Philadelphia Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. H. H. James, granddaughter of Secretary Dobbin; and commissioned 23 July 1924, Commander D. C. Bingham in command.

On 3 January 1925 USS Dobbin (AD-3) sailed for Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by way of Newport, R.I., and Hampton Roads, Va., where she loaded equipment and supplies for her mission as tender to Destroyer Squadron 14, Scouting Fleet. After maneuvers at sea with the Scouting Fleet, she arrived at San Diego 9 March 1925 for 4 months of tender service along the west coast and at Pearl Harbor. USS Dobbin (AD-3) returned to the east coast in July 1925 and operated in the Atlantic for the next 7 years. 

In 1932, USS Dobbin (AD-3) returned to San Diego, arriving 1 September, and operated out of that port until 5 October 1939. At that time she was transferred to Hawaii and based on Pearl Harbor. USS Dobbin (AD-3) was moored northeast of Ford Island with five destroyers alongside, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941. USS Dobbin (AD-3) served in the Hawaiian area until May 1942 when she was sent to Sydney, Australia, and after 25 June 1943 at Brisbane. She served successively at Mackay, Townsville, and Cleveland Bay, Australia, before arriving at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 30 September 1943. During June and July 1944, USS Dobbin (AD-3) remained in the New Guinea area until 14 February 1945.

USS Dobbin (AD-3) served in Subic Bay, Luzon, from 24 February to 3 November 1945. She returned to San Diego 7 December 1945, was decommissioned 27 September 1946, and transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 24 December 1946.

For a complete history of USS Dobbin (AD-3) please see its DANFS page.