USS Shreveport (LPD-12)



Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS Shreveport (LPD-12)

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What are the chances that I take a picture of a graveyard Navy ship yard and one of the pictures is that of a ship of blog reader, Kevin B. used to sail on.  The USS Shreveport.

I was on my way to Revzilla in Philly this past June 2014 and stumbled across this yard on a back route.Thought this would make an interesting post for those who love old ships and are decommissioned.

Kevin said to me,

“Most every Sailor, always knows their first ship when they see it. No matter how many years it’s been or how bad a shape it’s in. Hard to explain really…lol”

A lot of history to that ship. Real shame their going to turn her into razor blades.”

See below the picture some interesting facts that I learned after Kevin sent me this link.  Thanks Kevin and thanks for idea for a new and different post on my blog.  I would have never known this name or history of this ship.

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

SOURCE: NAVSource





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row – Navy Unit Commendation (4) – Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row – Navy Battle “E” Ribbon (6) – Navy Expeditionary Medal (2- Lebanon) – National Defense Service Medal
Third Row – Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) – Southwest Asia Service Medal – Armed Forces Service Medal
Fourth Row – Humanitarian Service Medal (Op. Intensive Look) – Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) – Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:

  • Laid down, 27 December 1965, at Lockheed Shipbuilding Corp, Seattle, WA.

Current Disposition, laid up at NAVSEA Inactive Ships Philadelphia, PA. awaiting disposal

  • Launched, 22 October 1966
  • Commissioned USS Shreveport (LPD-12), 12 December 1970, CAPT. Pehr H. Pehrsson USN in command
  • Shreveport is assigned to Amphibious Group Two, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic, and is homeported at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA.
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 26 September 2007, at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Current Disposition, laid up at NAVSEA Inactive Ships Philadelphia, PA. awaiting disposal

 

Specifications:
Displacement 9,734 t.(lt) 17,326 t.(fl)
Length 570′
Beam 100′
Draft 23 ft.
Speed 21 kts.

Complement 24 Officers400 Enlisted

Flag Staff Complement 90

Troop Capacity 840

Boats, Assault Craft (well deck capacity) 1 LCU, or 2 LCM-8 or 4 LCM-6(ships boats) 2 LCPL, 1 motor whaleboat

Armament two 25 mm MK38 chain gunstwo Phalanx CIWSeight 50 cal. machine guns

Aircraft two CH-46/CH-53 or four UH-1/AH-1, or two AV-8B Harriers

Propulsion two Foster-Wheeler boilerstwo DeLaval steam turbinestwo propeller shafts, 24,000 SHP

Another shot I took as I past by this ghostly area outside Philly was this one:

Amazing I have to admit Kevin noticed his ship and then sent me a comment.  Small world in some ways.  In any case…I hope you the readers find this as interesting as I did.

12 thoughts on “USS Shreveport (LPD-12)

  1. Hi Leslie- great article youve posted- as an ex uk royal navy sailor it saddens me to see ships retired and made into razor blades etc-but thats the way. Personally id prefer them to be safely stripped down and all laid to rest at sea, safely and used as artificial reefs. wonderful way to bring back sealife-fish etc.
    ps you still using same email? ive been mailing you recently-know your busy- steve-corbs:-)

  2. Agree, it is a little bit sad that these remarkable examples of engineering are left to rot away… Curious why they aren’t melted down to make new ships, cars etc? However, at the same time I would love to do the aeroplane boneyard tour in Arizona one day.

    • At least one of the Austin Class, did go to the Indian Navy. USS Trenton I believe. If/when Shreveport is ‘cut-up’, new ships & cars, etc. is just where that metal will go. She’s been sitting there like that, because of budget problems, Sequester, etc.

      You are right about the engineering aspect. Very few nations have purpose-built amphibious assault ships like this. USA, Britain, Russia, France, Italy are the only one’s in that club. Though many nations have ‘surplus’ ships.

      I and many others were hoping Shreveport would be picked up as a museum in ship and moored in New Orleans. But, that never came off.

  3. The second photo of the 3 ships together is also interesting, because those are AEGIS missile cruisers. They’re not even as old as my ship, yet were also decommissioned.

    I never sailed on any of those, but did work in AEGIS as a defense contractor.

    That class of cruiser was built specifically for air defense to counter the Soviet strategy during the Cold War of massed missile attacks on a fleet at sea, (if there had been a war that is).

    The AEGIS Weapons System survives in newer ships though. ;-)

    • i was on hms galatea anti submarine in 83-85 -was with uss aylwin in the med fleet in 84- think i recall the aegis system fitted to the ticonderoga?- a long time ago-correct me if im wrong kevin -thanks- one awesome system to take out many many commie missiles simultaneously :-) those were the days eh?

      • Oh, yes, Leander Class. Aylwin was a Knox Class FF. Both good ships. ASW is something I think we’ve all kind of let ‘fall off’ since the Cold War ended.

        Yes, AEGIS originated with the Ticonderoga Class CG. The USN Arleigh Burke Class DDG’s now have it. Spain, Korea, Japan all have AEGIS.

        Yes they were the days indeed. :-) Massed missile defense, all those Soviet subs out and running about. People have no idea today what we were looking at had the Cold War ever gone hot.

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