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|USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
|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
|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|
|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|
|133k||USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway in 1966, location unknown.
US Navy photos.
|37k||A Bell UH-1E takes off from USS Tripoli (LPH-10) off the coast of Vietnam in 1967.
US Navy photo.
|254k||Medical personnel and other crewmembers run to unload wounded Marines from a UH-1 helicopter that landed on USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
in July 1967. In addition to hospital ships, casualties could be taken to large naval ships which had medical facilities. The helicopter in Vietnam played a vital role
in evacuating wounded to medical treatment.
US Navy photo # K-39858
|101k||A Sikorsky MH-53 Sea Dragon mine countermeasures helicopter taking off from USS Tripoli (LPH-10) while underway off the coast of Vietnam in 1968.
US Navy photo.
|129k||Boeing CH-47 helicopter Yankee Whiskey-Three is marshaled onto the flight deck of USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in the fall of 1968.
Photo courtesy of Jim Cunnion
|36k||Boeing CH-47 helicopter Yankee Whiskey-Five sits on the flight deck of USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in the South China Sea in the fall of 1968.||Yu Chu|
|45k||Boeing CH-47 helicopter Yankee Whiskey-Fourteen sits on the flight deck of USS Tripoli (LPH-10).
An incorrectly installed hydraulic servo resulted in disastrous rotor malfunction.
Photo courtesy of Gene Borsoff
|87k||USS Vega (AF-59) replenishes USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
and USS Thomaston (LSD-28) off the coast of Vietnam, circa 1969.
US Navy photo.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
|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
|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.|
|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.
|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
|90k||USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Dennis Stephenson SMC USN Ret|
|88k||USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway, date and location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.|
|131k||USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway, date and location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.|
|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.|
|447k||Port bow view of USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway in 1993, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|205k||USS Tripoli (LPH-10) underway off the coast of southern California, 10 September 1997.
US Navy photo # 970910-N-0000U-003.
|Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10)
|60k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, December 2000||Gerhard Mueller Debus|
|49k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 2 July 2002||Photo by Daniel Dunham|
|135k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, circa 2001||Joe Lombardi Ocean Technical Services|
|33k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 14 January 2003||G. Jeanette|
|89k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, mid-March 2004||Jim R. Huffman|
|110k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, mid-April 2004||Jim R. Huffman|
|64k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, 14 June 2004||Sam Stokes, Hole in the Head Press|
|421k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by Narragansett outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008.||CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.|
|297k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by Narragansett outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008.||CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.|
|1098k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) under tow by Narragansett outbound for sea south of Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, 1 May 2008.||CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.|
|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.|
|60k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) moored at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 27 October 2008.||CAPT. Jack C. Goldthorpe, USCG Ret.|
|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.|
|932k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) being towed out of San Diego Bay, date unknown.||Robert Hurst|
|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.
|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|
|186k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) being towed into Pearl Harbor, date unknown.||Lee Wahler|
|67k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in the Panama Canal, 26, March 2015. Ex-Tripoli was under dead tow by Narragansett.||Vern Bouwman|
|141k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) in the Panama Canal coming out of Gaillard Cut and heading into Gatun Lake near the town of Gamboa., 26, March 2015. Ex-Tripoli was under dead tow by Narragansett. The Panama Canal tug acts as a rudder during transit.||Photos by Bill Fall|
|251k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) arriving at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX, 14 April 2015.
US Maritime Administration Photo
|42k||Ex-USS Tripoli (LPH-10) at Brownsville, TX. ready for dismantling by International Shipbreaking LLC, 16 July 2018.
Photos ©The Brownsville Hearld.
|USS Tripoli (LPH-10) Memorabilia
Robert M. Cieri
Robert M. Cieri
|01||CAPT. Suerstedt Jr., Henry :RADM||6 August 1966 - 7 September 1967|
|02||CAPT. Adams, William Lee, USN||7 September 1967 - 16 August 1968|
|03||CAPT. Shelton, Doniphan Brown (Don) :RADM||16 August 1968 - 29 August 1969|
|04||CAPT. Hartley Jr., Paul J.||29 August 1969 - 26 August 1970|
|05||CAPT. O'Rourke, Vincent F.||26 August 1970 - 10 September 1971|
|06||CAPT. Gammon, James Montgomery, USN (USNA 1948-A)||10 September 1971 - 2 December 1972|
|07||CAPT. Lockwood, Warren Harvey||2 December 1972 - 5 April 1974|
|08||CAPT. Kempf, Cecil Jos, USN (USNA 1950) :VADM||5 April 1974 - 7 November 1975|
|09||CAPT. Levenson, Lee Edward :RADM||7 November 1975 - 5 August 1977|
|10||CAPT. Smith, Alfred Anderson (Pete)||5 August 1977 - 23 April 1979|
|11||CAPT. Haines, Collins Henry||23 April 1979 - 16 January 1981|
|12||CAPT. McGrail Jr., Charles Reynolds :RADM||16 January 1981 - 1 June 1981|
|13||CAPT. Higginson, John Joseph :RADM||1 June 1981 - 28 July 1982|
|14||CAPT. Clift, Thomas Alvin, USN (USNA 1959)||28 July 1982 - 29 February 1984|
|15||CAPT. Spane, Robert Johnson (Rocky), USN (USNA 1962) :VADM||29 February 1984 - 30 July 1985|
|16||CAPT. Todd, Terrence Stephen||30 July 1985 - 14 April 1987|
|17||CAPT. Love III, George Paul, USN (USNA 1963)||14 April 1987 - 21 October 1988|
|18||CAPT. Peterson, Eric Laurence||21 October 1988 - 30 April 1990|
|19||CAPT. McEwen, G. Bruce||30 April 1990 - 20 September 1991|
|20||CAPT. Hutchison, John Rudolph (J.R.), USN (USNA 1969)||20 September 1991 - 20 May 1993|
|21||CAPT. Gallic, Frank Michael||20 May 1993 - 16 September 1994|
|22||CAPT. Willard, Robert Frederick, USN (USNA 1973) :ADM||16 September 1994 - 2 June 1995|
|23||CAPT. Walters, Clyde T.||2 June 1995 - 15 September 1995|
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