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Hi guys, an old Dixie crew mate here.

I served on the old girl from 1977 to 1980. Dixies primary duties were the repair and support to destroyers but also had sub support capability. Someone expressed surprise as to the size of the ships complement. The Dixie and her sister ships literally had the capability to reproduce themselves with a myrid of shops like machine, foundry, electrical, instrument repair etc. The list is endless. The Dixie was the oldest active ship in the fleet at the time I was aboard. We still boasted teak decks! Last I heard, she was decommissiond in 1981 and I believe she was scrapped. A sorry end to a great old ship. She also took part in "Operation Crossroads" the Bikini Atoll A-bomb tests in 1947. I have a great deal of information on this ship and will be glad to share it to anyone interested.
 
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