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USS Mobile (LKA-115)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Sierra - Juliet
NYSJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1- Op. Frequent Wind) - Vietnam Service Medal (4)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Frequent Wind) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medial


Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 January 1968, as (AKA-115), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 19 October 1968
  • Redesignated (LKA-115), 1 January 1969
  • Commissioned USS Mobile (LKA-115), 29 September 1969
  • During the Vietnam War Mobile (LKA-115) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    23 to 26 July 1970
    9 to 12 August 1970
    8 to 10 September 1970
    12 to 14 September 1970
    19 to 23 September 1970
    15 to 18 April 1971
    Consolidation II
    17 to 22 January 1972
    6 to 20 February 1972
    Consolidation I
    30 October to 3 November 1971
    17 to 19 November 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    30 March to 3 April 1972
    8 April to 27 May 1972
    14 to 16 June 1972
    19 to 21 June 1972
    24 June to 15 July 1972

  • Decommissioned, 4 February 1994, at Long Beach, CA.
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Moved to Bethlehem Steel Shipyards Sparrows Pt,, MD. for conversion to mixed civilian/Naval Reservist manning
  • Conversion canceled, moved to Philadelphia and placed out of service, 1 November 1996
  • Laid up at th Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), Philadelphia, PA., in Maintenance Category B
    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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    Mobile 309k The ship's sponsor, Mrs. John Sparkman, wife of the Senator from Alabama, breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of USS Mobile (LKA-115) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. on 19 October 1968.
    Photo from Newport News Shipbuilding
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Mobile 438k USS Mobile (LKA-115) sliding down the builders ways during her launching at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 19 October 1968.
    Photo from Newport News Shipbuilding
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Mobile 16k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway, early in her career when she was still armed with 3"/50 gun mounts at the bow.  
    Mobile 100k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mobile 107k Stern view of USS Mobile (LKA-115) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Mobile 69k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Art Hutson
    USS Mobile web site
    Mobile 76k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Art Hutson
    USS Mobile web site
    Mobile 85k USS Mobile (LKA-115) moored at White Beach, Okinawa in 1977 Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Mobile 112k USS Mobile (LKA-115) moored at White Beach, Okinawa in 1977 Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Mobile 98k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway off Eniwetok in 1977. Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Mobile 95k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mobile 96k USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway, date and location unknown. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Mobile 339k Starboard broadside view of USS Mobile (LKA-115) underway in San Diego Bay during February 1990.
    DOD Still Media Records Center, Washington DC, photo # DN-ST-90-06640 by PHCS Terry C. Mitchell, USN.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Mobile 209k Ex-USS Mobile (LKA-115) (outboard), ex- USS El Paso (LKA-117) (center) and ex- USS Charleston (LKA-113) (inboard closest to the pier) laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), 29 October 29, 2007. Photo by ©Marc Piché Vercheres, Quebec, Canada. TJ Tropea, Courtesy Marc Piché
    Ticonderoga 194k From outboard to inboard; ex-USS Yorktown (CG-47), ex-USS Mobile (LKA-115), ex-USS El Paso (LKA-117) and ex-USS Charleston (LKA-113) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, date unknown. Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Mobile, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • LKA-113 Charleston Class Specifications
  • Commanding Officers

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

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