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USS Grand Canyon is a Shenandoah-class destroyer tender laid down on November 16, 1944 and launched on April 27, the following year. It was commissioned on April 5, 1946 under Capt. W. D. Hoover’s command with the hull number AD-28 and served in the US Navy for 32 years until it was decommissioned on September 1, 1978. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 977 people onboard and had the main missions in Newport, Augusta, California, Messina, Naples, Palermo, Cannes, Athens or Taranto. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on September 1, 1978 and sold for scrapping to Union Minerals & Alloy Corporation in New York.