USS SHENANDOAH| Maiden Voyage
On 7 November 1983 Shenandoah began her maiden voyage to her homeport of Norfolk. Steaming to Acapulco, the ship’s crew had ample time and opportunity to perform many readiness exercises and drills; including at least one “General Quarters” drill in the early morning hours.
An awards ceremony was held on 12 November honoring 300 crew members with letters of appreciation and commendation, and other citations including Navy Achievement and Navy Commendation medals.
Your Festive Cruise to Norfolk!
The Mexican Riviera, the scenic Trans-Canal adventure, Curacao, the miniature Amsterdam and St. Thomas, a shopper’s paradise surrounded by beautiful beaches are all to be enjoyed by crew members of USS SHENANDOAH (AD 44). Our itinerary offers a combination of the exciting ports-of-call available to major cruise lines in one fantastic month.
With three days in each port, everyone will have an opportunity to explore the scenery, shopping, beaches, sports activities and entertainment unique to each locale. Best of all, it’s free, and you’ll still be home for the holidays! Look for the future Plan of the Day (POD) notes, Departmental Port-Brief flyers and CCTV presentations for each port visit.
Panama Canal, Rodman, Panama
The next stop was Naval Station, Rodman, Panama. The Panama Canal transit took almost eight hours and all aboard received “The Order of the Ditch.”
Order of the Ditch Certificate
Order of the Ditch| Reproductions
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands