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USS St Louis (LKA-116)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - November - Tango

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (24MAY72)
Second Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran Indian Ocean)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 3 April 1968, as AKA-116, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Redesignated LKA-116, 1 January 1969
  • Launched, 4 January 1969
  • Commissioned USS St Louis (LKA-116), 22 November 1969, CAPT. John W. Klinefelter USN, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS St. Louis (LKA-116) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    20 to 29 August 1970
    10 to 14 October 1970
    28 December 1970 to 3 January 1971
    30 January to 3 February 1971
    23 to 25 February 1971
    8 to 12 March 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    27 April to 28 May 1972
    9 June to 2 July 1972
    10 July to 24 August 1972
    16 to 20 September 1972
    29 September to 1 October 1972
    6 to 20 October 1972

  • Decommissioned, 2 November 1992
  • Laid up at the Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) in Maintenance Category B, as of 30 March 2000
  • USS St. Louis earned two campaign stars for service during the Vietnam War
    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
    five LCM-6s
    two LCVPs
    two LCPLs
    Aircraft landing platform
    Propulsion
    one geared turbine
    two boilers
    one propeller, 22,000shp

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    St. Louis 87k Invitation to the launching ceremony for USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 4 January 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 149k The official party, dignitaries and guests gathered on the platform prior to launching USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 4 January 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 112k The ship's sponsor, the Honorable Leonor K. Sullivan, member of the House of Representatives from Missouri breaking the traditional bottle of champagne over the ships bow during the launching ceremony of USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 4 January 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 169k Launch of USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 4 January 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 185k Launch of USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 4 January 1969. Photos by S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 169k
    St. Louis 100k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) enters the water for the first time at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA., 4 January 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 107k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) underway, probably during sea trials, date and location unknown. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 132k Cover of the Commissioning Program Ceremony for the commissioning of USS St. Louis (LKA-116) Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 22 December 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    St. Louis 99k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    St. Louis 94k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) standing out of San Diego, date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    St. Louis 22k USS St. Louis (LKA-116), starboard bow view early in her career. She mounts two twin 3"/50 guns at the bow. .
    St. Louis 70k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) mount 33 twin 3"/50 gun mount, close-up view. circa 1972. Photo by Patrick Doyle, 9th Motor Transport Bn, 4th Marines
    St. Louis 78k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) and USS Tawakoni (ATF-114) moored pierside at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, circa 1972. Photo by Patrick Doyle, 9th Motor Transport Bn, 4th Marines
    St. Louis 112k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, January 1974, after accidentally bumping USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) causing some light damage. No injuries were reported. Photo by M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    St. Louis 733k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 20 July 1976.
    US Navy Photographic Center photo # K-114558 by PH1 A. E. Legare, USN.
    DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
    St. Louis 121k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) underway in San Diego Bay off NAS North Island, circa late-1978-early-1979. Richard Stiles
    St. Louis 129k
    St. Louis 138k
    St. Louis 148k
    St. Louis 116k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) at anchor off White Beach, Okinawa, April 1979. Photo by Ken Moss EN3 CTF67 Staff.
    St Louis/Vancouver 62k USS St. Louis (LKA-116) and USS Vancouver (LPD-2) laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF, Middle Loch, Pearl Harbor HI., circa 2000. Photo by Jim Bedient


    For more photos and information about USS St Louis, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard pamphlet
  • USS St. Louis LKA-116
  • LKA-113 Charleston Class Specifications
  • Commanding Officers

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

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