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USS El Paso (LKA-117)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean, 1-Lebanon)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Lebanon, 2-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon (2)


Charleston Class Amphibious Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 October 1968, as Attack Cargo Ship (AKA-117), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Redesignated Amphibious Cargo Ship (LKA-117), 1 January 1969
  • Launched, 17 May 1969
  • Commissioned USS El Paso (LKA-117), 17 January 1970
  • Decommissioned, 21 April 1994
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in 1995
  • Moved to Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Pt., MD. for conversion to mixed civilian/Naval Reservist manning
  • Conversion canceled, moved to Philadelphia and placed out of service 23 October 1996
  • Laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Philadelphia PA., in maintenance category B
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 2015
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    El Paso
    USN 1141926
    219k The newly completed El Paso (LKA-117) under way, 25 November 1969, off Hampton Roads.
    US National Archives Photo #'s USN 1141926 and USN 1141920 now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    El Paso
    USN 1141920
    203k
    El Paso 252k El Paso (LKA-117) under way off Hampton Roads during sea trials in December 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    El Paso 245k USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) and USS El Paso (LKA-117) refueling from USS Pawcatuck (AO-108), during operation "Snowy Beach", in January 1972.
    US National Archives Photo # USN 115089 now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Charleston 95k USS El Paso (LKA-117) moored outboard of USS Charleston (LKA-113) at Naval Station Norfolk, 5 June 1974. Photos by S. Dale Hargrave
    El Paso 504k USS El Paso (LKA-117) anchored off Fort Story at Virginia Beach, VA., 10 January 1976, while conducting amphibious training. Photo by ©Richard Leonhardt
    El Paso 63k USS El Paso (LKA-117) Med-moored at Barcelona, Spain, 6 April 1977. Photo by Fabio Peña
    El Paso 248k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way at sea, circa the 1970s or 1980s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 107724 by Kenneth H. Brewer of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    El Paso 37k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    El Paso 42k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way, circa late 1980s or early 1990s (after the addition of Phalanx CIWS) location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    El Paso 656k USS El Paso (LKA-117) moored at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    El Paso 292k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way at Genoa, IT., 3 July 1991. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    El Paso 27k USS El Paso (LKA-117) moored pierside at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, VA., summer 1992. Just visible at lower left is the bow of USS Emory S. Land (AS-39). Photo by Adam Robison
    El Paso 44k USS El Paso (LKA-117) moored pierside at Naval Station Rota Spain, date unknown. Photo by Manolo Budiño
    El Paso 103k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    El Paso 103k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    El Paso 53k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    El Paso 78k USS El Paso (LKA-117) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Butte 77k USS El Paso (LKA-117), USS Moosbrugger (DD 980) and USS John Hancock (DD 981) in the background with USS Butte (AE-27) in the foreground, all laid up at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA., September 2004 Photo by Jon White STG-3, USS Luce, 1985-87
    Mobile 209k USS Mobile (LKA-115) (outboard), USS El Paso (LKA-117) (center) and 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
    El Paso 286k From inboard to outboard; ex-USS El Paso (LKA-117), ex-USS Charleston (LKA-113) and ex-USS Mobile (LKA-115) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, 20 April 2018 Joseph J. LaPenna Jr.

    There is no DANFS history available for USS El Paso (LKA-117) at NavSource
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Tiderman, Otto Darby17 January 1970 - 23 July 1971
    02CAPT. Compton Jr., Bryan Whitfield :RADM23 July 1971 - 16 December 1971
    03CAPT. Cole, Kenneth Johnson16 December 1971 - 22 June 1973
    04CDR. Kearns Jr., William Anselm USN :RADM22 June 1973 - 25 October 974
    05CAPT. Hunter, Charles Bryan :RADM25 October 1974 - 7 January 1976
    06CAPT. Greiwe, William Harry7 January 1976 - 4 August 1977
    07CAPT. Foote, Everette William4 August 1977 - 30 March 1979
    08CAPT. Clexton Jr., Edward William :VADM30 March 1979 - 8 August 1980
    09CAPT. France, Morgan Michael8 August 1980 - 9 February 1982
    10CAPT. Conklin, Andrew Janke9 February 1982 - 3 February 1984
    11CAPT. Lind Jr., Carl V.3 February 1984 - 30 August 1985
    12CAPT. Cash Jr., Roy30 August 1985 - 19 March 1987
    13CAPT. Kemple Jr., Morris M.19 March 1987 - 26 January 1989
    14CAPT. Quigley, Michael Dennis26 January 1989 - 15 September 1989
    15CAPT. Roper, Daniel Clark15 September 1989 - 1 March 1991
    16CAPT. Pernini, James K.1 March 1991 - 13 November 1992
    17CAPT. Cole, Christopher Warren :RADM13 November 1992 - 21 April 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS El Paso, see;
  • LKA-113 Charleston Class Specifications
  • USS El Paso (LKA-117)

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

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