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USS Tidewater is a Shenandoah-class destroyer tender laid down on November 27, 1944 and launched on June 30, 1945. It was commissioned on February 19, 1946 under Capt. Frank H. Ball’s with the hull number AD-31 and served in the US Navy for 25 years until it was decommissioned on February 20, 1971. During its activities, the ship carried a complement of 1,017 people onboard and had the main missions in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean or Crete. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List and sold to Indonesia where it was renamed KRI Dumai.