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USS Piedmont was a Dixie-class destroyer tender laid down on December 1, 1941 and launched on December 7, the following year. It was commissioned on January 5, 1944 under Cmdr. Malcolm D. MacGregor’s command with the hull number AD-17 and served in the US Navy for 38 years until it was decommissioned on September 30, 1982. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,181 people on board and had the main missions in Tampa, Norfolk, Kaohsiung, Panama Canal, San Pedro, Pearl Harbor, Ulithi or Leyte. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on August 6, 1987 and sold to Turkey where it was renamed Derya A-576. In 1995, the ship was scrapped.