Submarine Tender AS-28 was reclassified as a destroyer tender, AD-32, on 14 August 1944 and named New England on 2 September 1944. Laid down on 1 October 1944 at Tampa, Fla., by the Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Inc., New England was to be launched on 1 April 1946 and was to be sponsored by Mrs. Paul H. Bastedo, the wife of Rear Adm. Paul H. Bastedo, USN (Ret.), but the ship's construction was cancelled on 12 August 1945.
Robert J. Cressman
13 January 2016