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  • LPH-3 USS Okinawa

    US US Navy

    1962 to 1992    


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    Shipyard: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard


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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

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    US Philadelphia Naval Shipyard,

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