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USS Tripoli (LPH-10)

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Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (5)
Second Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Third Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (9)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal
Fifth Row - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation for Gallantry (8) - Vietnam Campaign Medal


Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 15 June 1964, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 31 July 1965
  • Commissioned USS Tripoli (LPH-10), 6 August 1966, CAPT. Henry M. Suerstedt Jr. in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 September 1995, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1995
  • Custody transferred to the US Army, 27 June 1997
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Tripoli earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,000 t.(lt), 18,474 t.(fl)
    Length 592'
    Beam 84'
    Flight Deck Beam 105'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 22 kts.
    Complement 667
    Troop Accommodations 2,157
    Aircraft 25 helicopters
    Armament
    (as built) 4 3"/50 AA guns
    (modifications) two 3"/50s removed and replaced with 8 cell Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers, two Phalanx CIWS added
    Propulsion two 600 psi boilers, one geared steam turbine, one shaft, 22,000 shaft horsepower

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    USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
    Tripoli 545k Starboard side view and overhead plan of USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
    Plan by A.D. Baker III. Images from "U.S. Aircraft Carriers: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 130k The traditional bottle of Champagne is broken across the bow of Tripoli (LPH-10) as she is Christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Jane Gates, the wife of General Clifton B. Gates, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, and launch at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., 31 July 1965 S. Dale Hargrave
    Tripoli 131k Tripoli (LPH-10) slides down the builders ways after she has been Christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Jane Gates, the wife of General Clifton B. Gates, former Commandant of the Marine Corps, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula, MS., 31 July 1965 S. Dale Hargrave
    Tripoli 133k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway in 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 385k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway in Subic Bay, 20 July 1973, after Operation End Sweep. On deck can be seen seven CH-46 Sea Knight assault helicopters. However, none of the large RH-54D Sea Stallion minesweeping helicopters appear on Tripoli's flight deck. Note modifications include the addition of SPN-35 blind-landing radar (in the large radome) and the replacement of half of the original quartet of twin 3"/50 mounts by Mk 25 Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers (forward of the island and on the port quarter). A self-protective ECM antenna, cantilevered out from the ship's port side at flight deck level just abaft the island, is distinguishable by its shadow. U.S. Navy photo Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 460k The experimental tilt-rotor XV-15 aircraft revs its engines, with tie-down chains still in place, on the flight deck of USS Tripoli (LPH-10) during preparations for takeoff, in the Pacific Ocean, 1 August 1983.
    Department of Defense # DN-SN-83-09896 a US Navy photo by R. Stewart now in the collects of DODImagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tripoli 931k The experimental tilt-rotor XV-15 aircraft executes a vertical take off from the flight deck of USS Tripoli (LPH-10) during at-sea tests of the experimental aircraft, in the Pacific Ocean, 1 August 1983.
    Department of Defense # DN-SN-83-09897 a US Navy photo by R. Stewart now in the collects of DODImagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tripoli 705k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway with Boeing-Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight and Sikorsky MH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters on her flight-deck, date and location unknown.
    DoD photo from "Carriers: The Men and The Machines" by David Miller and Lindsay Peacock.
    Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 54k The last Marines of the US Third Marine Division line up on the pier at Danang, South Vietnam, 29 December 1969, to board USS Tripoli (LPH-10) for redeployment to Okinawa. Formerly stationed around the demilitarized zone and southern areas of the zone the 22,000 man division was part of President Nixon's withdrawal plan.
    AP Wire service photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Tripoli 388k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway at Vancouver B.C., 19 May 1989.
    Photo by Rick Garcia
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Tripoli 1099k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in dry dock for repairs to a hole in her starboard bow caused by an Iraqi mine. Tripoli struck the mine, 18 February 1991, while serving as a mine-clearing platform in the northern Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. The ship was able to continue operations after damage control crews stopped the flooding caused by the explosion.
    US Navy photo by JO1 Gawlowicz.
    Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 107k Close up view of damage to USS Tripoli (LPH-10)s hull as a result of a mine hit during Operation DESERT STORM, April 1991.
    US Navy photo
     
    Tripoli 90k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Dennis Stephenson SMC USN Ret
    Tripoli 88k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Tripoli 131k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Union 206k Shimmering Water surrounds USS Tripoli (LPH-10) and USS Union (LKA-106) berthed together at White Beach Navy pier, Okinawa.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1970, photo by PH2 R. E. Ziel USN.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Tripoli 447k Port bow view of USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway in 1993, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Lee Wahler
    Tripoli 205k USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway off the coast of southern California, 10 September 1997.
    US Navy photo # 970910-N-0000U-003.
    Bill Gonyo
    Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
    Tripoli 60k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, December 2000 Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Tripoli 49k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 2 July 2002 Photo by Daniel Dunham
    Tripoli 135k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, circa 2001 Joe Lombardi Ocean Technical Services
    Tripoli 33k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 14 January 2003 G. Jeanette
    Tripoli 89k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, mid-March 2004 Jim R. Huffman
    Tripoli 110k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, mid-April 2004 Jim R. Huffman
    Tripoli 64k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, 14 June 2004 Sam Stokes, Hole in the Head Press
    Tripoli 421k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by ex-USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 297k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 1098k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by USNS Narragansett (T-ATF-167) outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 1529k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by Narragansett at Presido Shoals, San Francisco Bay, bound for the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 16 October 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 60k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 27 October 2008. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 1108k
    Tripoli 271k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in San Francisco Bay, 6 February 2009, as a flat tow being moved by tugs from the former U S Naval Shipyard, Mare Island, CA to pier 80, San Francisco. CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.
    Tripoli 932k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) being towed out of San Diego Bay, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 46k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) as a launching platform for a small ballistic missile. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation's developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a "Scud-like" missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua'i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008. As of 10 September 2011 she is at port at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI.
    US Government photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Tripoli 129k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at San Francisco, CA., 19 March 2012. The ship is serving as a mobile launch platform as part of the Ballistic Missile Defense Program. Note the "MLP 1" markings on the stern. Wolfgang Hechler, courtesy Thoralf Doehring
    Tripoli 186k Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) being towed into Pearl Harbor, date unknown. Lee Wahler

    USS Tripoli (LPH-10) Memorabilia
    Tripoli
    Commissioning Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    Tripoli
    Decommissioning Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri


    For more photos and information about USS Tripoli, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Steve Stengel's USS Tripoli web page
  • USS Iwo Jima Class Association
  • USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
  • Commanding Officers

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

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