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USS La Salle (AGF-3)
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USS La Salle (LPD-3) (1964 - 1972)

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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 - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3) - Armed Forces Service Medal (4) - Humanitarian Service Medal (2)


Raleigh Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 2 April 1962, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched, 3 August 1963
  • Commissioned USS La Salle (LPD-3), 22 February 1964
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Command Ship (AGF-3), 1 July 1972
  • Converted at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Assigned as Commander, Sixth Fleet flagship, 8 November 1994
  • USS La Salle (AGF-3), decommissioned, 27 May 2005, at US Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 May 2005
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target during a Missile Exercise by USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), 12 April 2007, off the Atlantic coast
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    LPD - 8,650 t.(lt), 14,113 t.(fl)
    AGF - 9,559 t.(lt), 13,634 t.(fl)
    Length 522'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 23'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    LPD - 436
    AGF - 445
    Flag Staff
    AGF- 45 Officers, 90 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    LPD - 1,000
    AGF - none
    Armament
    LPD - 4 twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    AGF - 2 twin 3"/50 gun mounts, 2 Phalanx 20mm Close-In Weapons Systems
    Propulsion
    2 Babcock & Wilcox 600 psi boilers
    2 De Lavel steam turbines
    2 Shafts, 24,000 Shaft Horsepower

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    La Salle 52k USS La Salle (LPD-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Fyke
    La Salle 362k USS La Salle (LPD-3) underway in 1965, location unknown. Note extra level for flag quarters and command spaces.
    US Navy photo form the 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Georgetown 263k USS La Salle (LPD-3) moored astern of USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) under the hammerhead crane at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. in October 1966.
    Photo from the Robert J. Gillespie, collection.
    William L. Baxter
    USS La Salle (AGF-3)
    La Salle 73k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway in Hampton Roads, off Norfolk, VA., circa 1976-86
    US Navy photo
    Cary Markham
    La Salle 91k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    La Salle 38k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    La Salle 61k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    La Salle 204k Post Card image of USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway at Hampton Roads, Virginia, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    La Salle 93k USS La Salle (AGF-3) moored pierside at Manama, Bahrain, 1987. Photo by Chris Walker MMFN USS La Salle.
    La Salle 182k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 13 December 1996. Photo by Carlo Martinelli.
    La Salle 76k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway near Malta in March 2001 Robert Hurst.
    La Salle 102k USS La Salle (AGF-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR.
    La Salle 99k Six Fleet command ship USS La Salle (AGF-3) steams alongside USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) during flight operations, 17 January 2003.
    US Navy photo 030119-N-9964S-009 by PH3 Christopher B. Stoltz, photo from Navy Newsstand.
    Bernard A. Cardali
    La Salle 93k USS La Salle (AGF-3) drydocked at Cospicua, Malta, 15 July 2003, for a maintenance availability period.
    US Navy photo 030715-N-0111R-001 by PH2 Todd Reeves, photo from Navy Newsstand
    Bill Gonyo
    La Salle 73k USS La Salle (AGF-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Department of Defense photo
    Bill Gonyo
    La Salle 63k USS La Salle (AGF-3) moored at Gaeta, Italy in December 2004. Bill Gonyo
    Mount Whitney 989k CAPT. Christopher Wode, USN, commanding officer of USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) , VADM. Harry Ulrich, Commander US Navy 6th Fleet, and CAPT. Herman Shelanski, commanding officer of USS La Salle (AGF 3), salute during a change of ship ceremony in Gaeta, Italy, 25 February 2005. Mount Whitney, with a hybrid crew of 300 military and civilian personnel, is VADM. Ulrich’s new flagship.
    US Navy photo by PH2 Sarah Bir
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Whitney 1255k USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and USS La Salle (AGF 3) are moored alongside each other in Gaeta, Italy, following a change of command ship ceremony, 25 February 2005. Mount Whitney is the new command ship for the US Navy’s 6th Fleet, and La Salle is scheduled for decommissioning shortly after her return to Norfolk, VA.
    US Navy photo by PH3 Dwayne C. Minor.
    Bill Gonyo
    La Salle 193k USS La Salle (AGF-3) Decommissioning Ceremonies, 27 May 2005, Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Distinguished guests, visitors and former crew members of La Salle pay their respects for the last time as the former flagship for Commander Sixth Fleet.
    US Navy photo 050527-N-3527B-007 by PH3 Timothy Bensken, photo from Navy Newsstand
    Bill Gonyo
    La Salle 123k USS La Salle (AGF-3) Decommissioning Ceremonies, 27 May 2005, Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Distinguished guests, visitors and former crew members of La Salle gather on the pier as the former flagship for Commander Sixth Fleet is decommissioned.
    US Navy photo 050527-N-3527B-029 by PH3 Timothy Bensken, photo from Navy Newsstand
    Bill Gonyo
    La Salle 98k USS La Salle (AGF-3)'s last Commanding Officer, Capt. Herman A. Shelanski, speaks to the crowd of distinguished guests, visitors, and former crew members at the decommissioning ceremony for La Salle on board Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
    US Navy photo 050527-N-3527B-021 by PH3 Timothy Bensken, photo from Navy Newsstand
    Bill Gonyo
    La Salle 1014k Ex-USS La Salle (AGF-3) moored pierside in the northwest corner of the basin at the ex US Naval Shipyard Philadelphia, PA. in July 2006. Photo by William S. Meredith
    La Salle 50k Sinking of ex-USS La Salle (AGF-3) as a target during a Missile Exercise by USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), 12 April 2007, off Pensacola, FL. John Cronk
    La Salle 55k Sinking of ex-USS La Salle (AGF-3) as a target during a Missile Exercise by USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG-81), 12 April 2007, off Pensacola, FL. John Cronk

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    La Salle
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    La Salle
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    For more photos and information about USS La Salle, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS La Salle AGF-3
  • Decommissioning of the USS La Salle (LPD-3 / AGF-3)
  • Commanding Officers

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

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