LPH-11 USS New Orleans

US US Navy

1968 to 1997    


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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 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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