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USS Austin (LPD-4)

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November - Echo - Delta - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation (2)
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (1-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Dominican Republic, 3-Lebanon, 1-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia)
Fourth Row - Iraq Campaign Medal - Global War on Terrorism Service Medal - Armed Forces Service Medal (4)

Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock:
  • Laid down, 4 February 1963, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Launched, 26 June 1964
  • Commissioned USS Austin (LPD-4), 6 February 1965, CAPT. William H. Shaw in command
  • Austin was the lead ship of her class and varies from the rest in that she has no hanger. The Austin class LPDs are based on the design of the earlier Raleigh class LPDs
  • While in commission USS Austin was assigned to COMPHIBGRU2, COMNAVSURFLANT, homeported at NAB Little Creek, VA.
  • Decommissioning date, 1000, 27 September 2006, at Pier 1 Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 September 2006
  • Final Disposition, scrapping contract awarded, 22 May 2009, to International Shipbreaking, Ltd, Brownsville TX.
    Displacement 9,734 t.(lt), 17,326 t.(fl)
    Length 570'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 23 ft.
    Speed 21 kts.
    24 Officers
    396 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 900
    Flag Staff Accommodations 90
    Boats Assault Craft, (well deck capacity) 1 LCU, or 2 LCM-8 or 4 LCM-6, (ships boats) 2 LCPL, 1 motor whaleboat
    two 25mm MK38 chain guns
    two Phalanx CIWS
    eight 50 cal. machine guns.
    Aircraft up to six CH-46/CH-53 or four UH-1/AH-1, or two AV-8B Harriers
    two Foster-Wheeler boilers
    two DeLaval steam turbines
    two propellers, 24,000 Shaft Horsepower
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    Austin 532k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Charles Lamm
    Austin 46k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway in 1967, location unknown.  
    Austin 37k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway, 22 April 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # USN 1111157
    Robert Hurst
    Austin 113k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Austin 83k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Austin 42k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Franklin SKCS(SW) USN
    Austin 60k USS Austin (LPD-4) moored pierside, San Juan Puerto Rico, early 1967 Photo by Steve Connelly USS Austin plank owner
    Austin 71k USS Austin (LPD-4) and USS Lindenwald (LSD-6) moored pierside, San Juan Puerto Rico, early 1967 Photo by Steve Connelly USS Austin plank owner
    Austin 67k USS Austin (LPD-4) at anchor in 1967, location unknown. Photo by Steve Connelly USS Austin plank owner
    Austin 89k USS Austin (LPD-4) in 1967 during an underway refueling from USS Waccamaw (AO-109), location unknown. Bill Guhl USS Waccamaw
    Austin 96k USS Austin (LPD-4) under way, circa 1969, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Austin 307k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, 24 April 1970 Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Austin 269k
    Austin 74k USS Austin (LPD-4) under way in 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Austin 70k USS Austin (LPD-4) under way date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Austin 258k USS Austin (LPD-4) Med moored, at Genoa, Italy, 4 May 1980 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Austin/Trenton 75k USS Austin (LPD-4) and USS Trenton (LPD-14) at Norfolk, VA., circa 1980s. Edward Cleary
    Austin 81k USS Austin (LPD-4) closing to refuel from RFS Grey Rover (A269) in the North Atlantic, March 1984.
    Photo by George Mortimer
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Austin/Trenton 73k USS Austin (LPD-4) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Leonhardt
    Austin 81k USS Austin (LPD-4) returns to Norfolk Naval Station after a regularly scheduled six month deployment with the USS Enterprise Carrier Battle group, 20 December 1996. Note USNS San Diego (T-AFS-6) moored to the pier at left.
    US Navy photo # 961221-N-1055H-015 by PH1 Alexander C. Hicks Jr.
    Bill Gonyo
    Austin 147k USS Austin (LPD-4) on-station at the crash site of EgyptAir Flight 990, November 1999. Austin served as the command and control ship for the Navy's search and recovery mission.
    US Navy photo # 991110-N-1110A-503 by PH1 Tina M. Ackerman
    Bill Gonyo
    Austin 123k USS Austin (LPD-4) is gently maneuvered into a pier at Naval Station Guantanemo Bay, Cuba, 9 May 2005 by Santaquin (YTB-824). Austin was attached to Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which was operating in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in support of exercise New Horizons in Haiti. Nassau ESG was being called upon to support the recovery of forces and equipment as the New Horizons’ project closed.
    US Navy photo # 050510-N-2903M-001 by PH1 Terry Matlock, Navy Newsstand
    Bill Gonyo
    Austin 191k Ex-USS Austin (LPD-4) laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF), 29 October 2007. Photo by ©Marc Piché Vercheres, Quebec, Canada. TJ Tropea, Courtesy Marc Piché
    Austin 56k One of ex-USS Austin (LPD-4) anchors on display at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2011. Danielle Romano, Museum Curator

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    Contributed by Frank M. Egger
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    For more photos and information about USS Austin, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Command Operation Reports
  • USS Austin (LPD-4)
  • Navy Fact File - Amphibious Transport Dock - LPD
  • Commanding Officers

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

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