LPH-3 USS Okinawa

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1962 to 1992    


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History of US LPH-3 USS Okinawa

1960-apr-1Laid down
1968-apr-4Apollo 6 mission, 1st LPH as primary recovery ship, 370 miles north of Hawaii
1969-junHMM-265 replaced HMM-362 onboard, replaced by HMM-165 in August, SLF helicopter squadrons HMMs 164 and 362 were rotated to Phu Bai in support of the 3rd MarDiv
1970-dec-13At Subic Bay Naval Base, Philippines
1970-dec-25Returned to San Diego, California after 7 month WESTPAC
1971-aug-7Apollo 15 astronauts lifted aboard by helicopter with Soviet tug in target area
1972-mayHMM-164 from the 9th MEB arrived in support of the Vietnamese Marines, each ARG consisted of 4 H-53s (including 156656 ) , 14 H-46s and 4 UH-1Es
1973-octReplaced the USS Tripoli LPH-10 in Subic Bay, (in the Pacific fleet there were only 3 LPHs for 5 squadrons), transferred all embarked MAU elements
1974-apr-5Arrived at Subic Bay with elements of the 31st MAU that unloaded cargo for LPH turnover to the USS New Orleans LPH-11
1975-marUnderway from Subic Bay for the Gulf of Thailand
1975-apr-12Operation Eagle Pull, in the Gulf of Thailand with US Marines CH-53 helicopters to evacuate personnel from Phnom Penh
1975-may-3Arrived at Subic Bay with 150 evacuees aboard from Phnom Penh
1980-janWESTPAC, in place of USS New Orleans LPH-11, relieves USS Tripoli LPH-10
1987-dec-25Bob Hope Christmas show onboard
1990-oct-12Persian Gulf Operation Desert Shield/Storm During Operation Desert Storm, UNREP with fleet oiler Andrew J. Higgins TAO 190
1991-jan-29Marines capture Umm al Maradim Island, 12 miles off the coast of Kuwait
2002-jun-6Fate: sunkCOMSUBPAC off Southern California



    from Iwo Jima class
11000light (tn)
18400full load (tn)
180length (m)
26beam (m)
8.20draught (m)
22max speed (knots)
22000power (shp)
2Naval Engine boilers
1Naval Engine steam turbines
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm



    Typical Max
US USMC B-V 107M H-46 Sea Knight 825
US USMC Sikorsky S-65 H-53 40
US USMC Bell 209 AH-1 Cobra 40
US USMC Bell UH-1N 20

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US Philadelphia Naval Shipyard,

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