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  • LPH-11 USS New Orleans

    US US Navy

    1968 to 1997    


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    Shipyard: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
    See Also: L San Antonio class LPD-18


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    History of US LPH-11 USS New Orleans

    1966-mar-1Laid down
    1969-mar-3Arrived at her homeport San Diego by way of the Panama Canal
    1969-jul-22Commander COMPHIBRON ONE transferred his pennant from USS Dubuque LPD-8
    1969-augFlagship for Amphibious Ready Group Bravo
    1969-aug-27Offloaded 18 CH-53As from HMM-361 to join MAG-36 at Phu Bai
    1969-octOperation Keystone Cardinal
    1969-octOffloaded Battalion Landing Team 2-26
    1970Marines of the 26th Regiment boarded at Da Nang for trip back home
    1970-mar-12Docked at Da Nang
    1970-augProvided support and security for President Nixon visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
    1971Mike Douglas TV Show filmed onboard
    1971-feb-9Apollo 14 astronauts quarantined on Pacific Carrier. Sea kings 152123, 152121
    1971-feb-9Helicopters of HS-6 and frogmen of UDT-11 made recovery
    1973-mar-28Operation End Sweep, neutralized mines in Haiphong Harbor with Navy and Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters
    1973-jul-26Transfer 13 CH-53s from Cubi Point as substitutes for HMM-165 s CH-46s, equiped with ALE-29 flare dispensers to counter heat-seeking missles, (MAU s aviation element - 13 CH-53s, 4 CH-46s, 4 AH-IJs and 2 UH-IEs)
    1973-aug-6Departed Subic Bay reaching Gulf of Thailand in four days, MAU, 1st Battalion 4th Marines and HMM-165
    1973-sep-25Skylab 2 astronauts sleep aboard as ship arrives in San Diego
    1974-jan-4Underway for Skylab IV mission
    1974-feb-8Recovered astronauts Gibson, Pogue and Carr about an hour after splashdown, 176 miles from San Diego, California
    1974-apr-631st MAU s LPH unit swap complete from LPH-3
    1974-jun-22Returned to Subic Bay from Okinawa where HMM-164 replaced HMH-462
    1975-julAt Pearl Harbor, lowered Apollo capsule to the dock
    1975-jul-24Apollo lands 6.2 miles from recovery ship, 330 miles west of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, craft lowered by crane onto deck
    1977-sepPort VisitJPYokosuka Naval Base U.S. Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan
    1977-sep-28AV-8 Harrier jet landed on the deck, then rose and roared off, near the coast of Okinawa
    1977-oct3rd Battalion 4th Marines onboard, WESTPAC 77
    1977-oct-11UNREP with USS San Jose (AFS-7)
    1977-nov-1Port VisitRPSubic Bay Harbour Pierside Subic Bay, Philippines
    1977-dec-7HomeportNaval Base San Diego Moored NAV STA San Diego Pier
    1978-jun-7WESTPAC 78 June 7-Oct.5, 4 months
    1978-jul-31Port VisitHKHong Kong Port Port visit Hong Kong after typhoon hit
    1978-oct-5Arrived at San Diego from WESTPAC 78
    1979In the fall of 79, HS-2 participated in amphibious operations with a multi-nation task force
    1979-octPort VisitCACoal Harbour Kernel Potlatch II, Vancouver, Canada
    1980-marArabian Sea West Pac-Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman
    1980-may-23U/W WESTPAC
    1980-may-30DeploymentArabian Sea Operation Eagles Claw HMM-262 Flying Tigers flew aboard and joined a detachment of four AH-1T from HMA-169 to conduct operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf in response to the hostage crisis in Iran
    1980-julTyphoon Kim means stand down, Philippines
    1980-aug-19Miss America Troop arrives by helicopter
    1980-sepPort VisitKEPort Mombasa Port Mombasa, Kenya after 33 day patrol
    1980-sep-2Shellback Initiation Ceremony
    1980-sep-18Port VisitIODiego Garcia Port Inport Diego Garcia, for 8 hrs to refuel
    1980-sep-27Port VisitAUFremantle Harbour Fremantle-Perth, Australia, Sept.27-Oct. 2
    1980-nov-13NS Pearl Harbor Inport Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where Tiger Cruise 80 started Nov. 15th
    1980-nov-22HomeportNaval Base San Diego Arrive in San Diego, end of WESTPAC 80
    1991Cross-decked MH-53E helicopters and equipment from the USS Tripoli in the Persian Gulf
    1993-sepOperation Restore Hope, Mogadishu, Somalia
    1993-sep-3Underway WESTPAC 93-94
    1994-novPortions of the movie Apollo 13 filmed onboard
    1995-augAircraftCH-46 157693 ditched on sea near Jordan
    1995-aug-17Persian Gulf Dispatched to station off Kuwait
    1995-dec-22Returned from WESTPAC with more than 4,000 sailors and marines, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    1997Decommissioned after 90,000 helicopter landings and traveling 750,000 miles
    2010-jul-10Fate: sunkas a target during RIMPAC



        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



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    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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