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USS Durham (LKA-114)

Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Oscar - Romeo
NOOR
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Smokey Day
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Second Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1- Op. Frequent Wind, 1-Op. Eagle Pull) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Southwest Asia Service Meal
Third Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind, 1-Op. Eagle Pull) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down as (AKA-114), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 29 March 1968
  • Redesignated (LKA-114), 1 January 1969
  • Commissioned USS Durham (LKA-114), 24 May 1969
  • Decommissioned, 25 February 1994
  • Current Disposition, berthed at P earl Harbor, Hawaii Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) in a category "B" reserve status, as of 30 March 2000
  • USS Durham earned three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,216.(lt) 18,589 t.(fl)
    Length 575' 6"
    Beam 82'
    Draft 26'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Armament
    As Built - four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Updated - two 20mm Phalanx CIWS
    Complement
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 375
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 211
    Boats
    four LCM-8s
    four LCM-6s
    two LCVP
    two LCP
    Aircraft landing platform
    Propulsion
    one geared turbine
    two boilers
    one propeller, 22,000shp

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    Durham 88k Invitation to the launching ceremony for USS Durham (LKA-114) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 29 March 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    Charleston 169k The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Alton A Lennon, wife of Rep. Leenon of North Carolina, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of USS Durham (LKA-114) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. on 29 March 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    Durham 46k USS Durham (LKA-114) at anchor in Subic Bay, P.I., 1970. Photo by William P Jones MD
    Medical Officer, USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)
    Durham 88k USS Durham (LKA-114) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Durham 74k USS Durham (LKA-114) underway enroute to South Korea during her 1987 Westpac deployment. Photo by Scott Miller
    Durham 13k USS Durham (LKA-114) pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    Durham 24k USS Durham (LKA-114) pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    Durham 37k USS Durham (LKA-114) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    Canonchet 52k A garland decorates the bow of USS Durham (LKA-114), moored to a pier at San Diego as the large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB-823) assists USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) into her berth following both ships return from the Persian Gulf area, 17 April 1991.
    DVIC photo # NST9110336 by PH2 Larry Nixon, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Canonchet 76k Commercial harbor tugs position USS Durham (LKA-114) alongside a pier in the background as the large harbor tug Canonchet (YTB-823) maneuvers USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43) toward a pier in San Diego, 17 April 1991. Both ships are returning from deployment in the Persian Gulf area during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109191 by JO1 Joseph Lancaster, USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Durham 18k USS Durham (LKA-114) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    Durham 90k USS Durham (LKA-114), circa 2000, NISMF, Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor, HI. Photo by Jim Bedient

    There is no DANFS history available for USS Durham (LKA-114) at NavSource

    For more photos and information about USS Durham, see;
  • LKA-113 Charleston Class Specifications
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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