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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 October1996
  • Laid up at the 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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    El Paso 101k The newly completed El Paso (LKA-117) underway, 25 November 1969, off Hampton Roads.
    Photo Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. Photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    El Paso 252k El Paso (LKA-117) underway off Hampton Roads during sea trials in December 1969. S. Dale Hargrave
    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 37k USS El Paso (LKA-117) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    El Paso 42k USS El Paso (LKA-117) underway, 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) underway 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 Emery 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) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    El Paso 103k USS El Paso (LKA-117) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    El Paso 53k USS El Paso (LKA-117) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    El Paso 78k USS El Paso (LKA-117) underway, 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

    There is no DANFS history available for USS El Paso (LKA-117) at NavSource

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

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

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