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USS New Orleans (LPH-11)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation (2)
CINCPACFLT Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" (6)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Sharpe Edge, Somalia)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2) - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Fourth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship (Helicopter):
  • Laid down, 1 March 1966, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 3 February 1968
  • Commissioned USS New Orleans (LPH-11), 16 November 1968, CAPT. G. M. Even in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    26 to 28 August 1969
    9 September to 21 October 1969
    Consolidation I
    16 July 1971
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    15 to 25 November 1969
    7 to 16 and 30 December 1969
    1 to 9 January 1970
    2 to 12 February 1970
    10 to 13 March 1970
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    23 August to 7 October 1972
    23 October to 12 November 1972
    14 to 21 December 1972
    1 to 22 and 27 to 28 January 1973
    22 February to 28 March 1973
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    20 to 21 May 1971
    25 June 1971

  • Decommissioned, 1 October 1997
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 October 1998
  • USS New Orleans earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target as part of Exercise RIMPAC 2010 on 10 July 10, 2010
    Displacement 11,000 tons (lt.), 18,474 t.(fl)
    Length 592'
    Beam 84', Flight Deck 105'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 22 kts.
    Complement 667
    Troop Accommodations 2,157
    Aircraft 25 helicopters
    (as built) single four 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    (modifications) two 3"/50s dual purpose gun mounts removed
    two eight cell Sea Sparrow BPDMS launchers added, later replaced by two 25mm chain guns
    two Phalanx CIWSs added
    two 600 psi boilers
    one geared steam turbine
    single propeller, 22,000 shp

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    New Orleans 44k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) keel laying, 1 March 1966 at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
    US Navy photo
    Ron Reeves
    New Orleans 224k Joint Launching and Christening, of New Orleans (LPH-11), and Newport (LST-1179), 3 February 1968, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Newport (LST-1179) is in the foreground. US Navy photos Ron Reeves
    Dale Hargrave
    New Orleans 335k
    New Orleans 69k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    New Orleans 75k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    New Orleans 125k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) under way, actual date and location unknown. This is a stock photo used by the Associated Press as an image of the prime recovery ship for the Apollo 14 splashdown and recover on 9 February 1971.
    AP Wire photo
    Tommy Trampp
    New Orleans 42k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) out bound to sea from San Diego, CA.
    USS McKee (AS-41) is moored at Point Loma in background.
    US Navy photo
    New Orleans 38k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) at San Diego, date unknown. Dale C. Haskin
    New Orleans 188k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) with a mix of Navy and Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopters aboard, prepares to neutralize mines in Haiphong Harbour during Operation End Sweep, 28 March 1973. US Navy photo.
    Photo and text from "Fighting To Leave" by Colonel Robert E. Stoffey, USMC (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    New Orleans 110k Overhead view of USS New Orleans (LPH-11) at anchor in Haiphong harbor, during Operation End Sweep, 28 March 1973.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    New Orleans 184k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) moored at Bravo pier Pearl Harbor in July 1975 Photo by Kevin Hopper USS New Orleans
    New Orleans 172k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) lowering Apollo capsule from the American-Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission of 5 July 1975 to the dock at Pearl Harbor in July 1975 Photo by Kevin Hopper USS New Orleans
    New Orleans 132k USS New Orleans (LPH-11) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Okinawa 74k Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) outboard of ex-USS Okinawa (LPH-3) moored together at the end of a multi-ship row at Suisun Bay. Photo by Carolyn Bonner. Photo from "Warship Boneyards" by Kit and Carolyn Bonner. Robert Hurst
    New Orleans 206k Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) laid up in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, 26 March 2006.
    Photo by Ken Freeze.
    Robert Hurst
    New Orleans 62k Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) outward bound through San Francisco Bay while under tow by USNS Navajo (T-ATF-169), 19 October 2006. Captain Jack C. Goldthorpe, US Coast Guard Ret.
    New Orleans 3322k Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) takes fire from a line of surface combat ships from four countries during a sinking exercise as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010. RIMPAC is a biennial, multinational exercise designed to strengthen regional partnerships and improve multinational interoperability.
    US Navy photo # 100710-N-4281P-799 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 10, 2010) by MC1 Woody Paschall.
    Robert Hurst
    New Orleans 4130k Ex-USS New Orleans (LPH-11) being hit by 5" gunfire from the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Warramunga (FFH-152), 10 July 2010, during a surface engagement as part of Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2010.
    Australian Defense Force photo # 100710-O-XXXXX-029l.
    Robert Hurst

    USS New Orleans (LPH-11) Memorabilia
    New Orleans
    Commissioning Program
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri
    New Orleans
    Welcome Aboard
    Contributed by
    Robert M. Cieri

    For more photos and information about USS New Orleans, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS New Orleans (LPH-11)
  • USS Iwo Jima Class Association
  • RIMPAC 2010 - ex-New Orleans SINKEX

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Even, Glen M.16 November 1968 - 18 December 1969
    02CAPT. Boudinot Jr., Edgar John18 December 1969 - 15 December 1970
    03CAPT. Moore Robert Edward, USN15 December 1970 - 13 July 1972
    04CAPT. Carius, Robert Wilhelm, USN (USNA 1951) :RADM13 July 1972 - 14 December 1973
    05CAPT. Neiger, Ralph E.14 December 1973 - 26 July 1975
    06CAPT. Zoehrer, Herbert Alfred,26 July 1975 - 17 August 1977
    07CAPT. Moore Jr., Ernest Michael 17 August 1977 - 24 November 1978
    08CAPT. Buchanan, Edward O.24 November 1978 - 14 May 1980
    09CAPT. Erie, Carl R.14 May 1980 - 19 March 1982
    10CAPT. Duffy, Phillip F. :RADM19 March 1982 - 5 August 1983
    11CAPT. Hoffman, David Wesley5 August 1983 - 11 April 1985
    12CAPT. Baird, Donald Wilson, USN :RADM11 April 1985 - 19 September 1986
    13CAPT. Zerr, John Joseph :RADM19 September 1986 - 4 May 1988
    14CAPT. Coumatos, Michael J.4 May 1988 - 1 September 1989
    15CAPT. Bradt, Douglas J.1 September 1989 - 5 January 1991
    16CAPT. Naughton, Richard Joseph, USN (USNA 1968) :VADM 5 January 1991 - 29 July 1992
    17CAPT. Smith, Milton W.29 July 1992 - 11 January 1994
    18CAPT. Tomaszeski, Steven John, USN (USNA 1972) :RADM11 January 1994 - 16 July 1995
    19CAPT. Bullard, Donald Kenneth, :RADM16 July 1995 - 18 December 1996
    20CAPT. Perkins, Richard Charles18 December 1996 - 31 October 1997
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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