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Vietnam War Campaign
|Campaign and Dates|
18 to 19 November 1972
20 December 1972 to 8 January 1973
21 to 27 January 1973
27 February to 28 March 1973
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| USS Inchon (LPH-12)
|227k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way early in her career and prior to the Sparrow missile launchers being installed (pre-Vietnam).||Larry B. Lynn|
|376k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way, 11 May 1970, location unknown. At this time she did not yet have any carrier-controlled landing radars. She had not yet been fitted with defensive missiles, but she did have the lattice support for the ULQ-6 defensive jammer.
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
|64k||Overhead view of USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way during Exercise Exotic Dancer in Atlantic Ocean. Photo: Time Life Pictures./Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images, May 01, 1971.||Robert Hurst|
|78k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in June 1973 with RH-53A Sea Stallions on board equipped for mine clearing operations of North Vietnamese ports and waterways.||Robert Hurst|
|1898k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way circa 1970s, location unknown.||Wolfgang Hechler|
|1068k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) being assisted into her berth in the Hampton Roads area, date unknown. The two tugs appear to be Palatka (YTB-801) at the bow and Wapakoneta (YTB-766) at her stern.||David Buell|
|53k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) starboard side view while at Naples, Italy in June 1974.||Photo by Larry B. Lynn USS Inchon|
|152k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) during Harrier flight operations in February of 1975. Inchon was the first American ship to deploy the US Marine Corps AV-8A Harrier aircraft. Inchon left Norfolk en-route to the New Orleans Mardi Gras with a squadron of Harriers on board. Note the newly refinished flight deck.||Photo by Larry B. Lynn USS Inchon|
|77k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) during AV-8A Harrier flight operations in February of 1975. Inchon was the first American ship to deploy the Harrier aircraft. Inchon left Norfolk en-route to the New Orleans Mardi Gras with a squadron of Harriers on board.||Photo by Larry B. Lynn USS Inchon|
|84k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) moored at NOB Norfolk, VA. in July 1975 with HM-12 Det 2 Helicopter Mine Counter-measures RH53D Sea Stallions embarked prior to sailing to Egypt for Operation Nimbus Stallion.||© Richard Leonhardt|
|72k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in the Mediterranean Sea, 7 November 1975.
US Navy photo.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|32k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in the Mediterranean Sea, 1979. The helicopter squadron is supposed to be MAG-32 composed of HMH-362 and HML(A)-167. Markings on the two AH-1Js show this photo was taken during the transition from high-viz Vietnam-era markings to the later dark USMC green and black subdued schemes.||Pete Harlem|
|111k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) launching a Sea Sparrow missile, circa 1970s.||Tim Collins FTM2, USS Inchon, 1980-84|
|36k||Stern view of USS Inchon (LPH-12) moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., 2 September 1979.||Ed Zajkowski|
|71k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) moored pierside at Palermo, Sicily, 1980.||Photo by Alan Voils USS Inchon 1979-84|
|1188k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) arriving at Genoa, Italy, 28 April 1980, for a routine port visit.||Photo by Carlo Martinelli|
|964k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) at anchor in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 4 May 1980, during a port visit.||Photo by Carlo Martinelli|
|62k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in the Mediterranean Sea, 1982.||Pete Harlem, Courtesy Mario Mederos, USMC|
|25k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in the Mediterranean Sea, with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM-263) embarked, 1982.||Pete Harlem, Courtesy Mario Mederos, USMC|
|64k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way probably in the Persian Gulf, 1982.||Pete Harlem, Courtesy Mario Mederos, USMC|
|28k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) moored pierside at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 1982.||Pete Harlem, Courtesy Mario Mederos, USMC|
|71k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in the North Atlantic, view of ships island structure, 1983||Photo by Alan Voils USS Inchon 1979-84|
|61k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way in the North Atlantic, view of BDMS, 1983||Photo by Alan Voils USS Inchon 1979-84|
|45k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) flight deck while underway in the North Atlantic for minesweeping exercises, The ship's helicopter is on the right, 1983.||Photo by Alan Voils USS Inchon 1979-84|
|94k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) launching a Sea Sparrow missile, circa 1980-84.||Tim Collins FTM2, USS Inchon, 1980-84|
|206k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) in drydock at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, circa 1981.||Tim Collins FTM2, USS Inchon, 1980-84|
|60k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) pierside at Rota, Spain, 1987. Good views of the island, CIWS, Sea Sparrow launchers, and 3"/50 gun mounts.||Tom LaLumiere, former Sgt, USMC|
|108k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) maneuvering in a harbor, date and location unknown.||Carlos Manuel Estrela|
|62k||USS Inchon (LPH-12) moored pierside at Palma de Mallorca, Christmas 1991. Note USS Shreveport(LPD-12), left background.||Pedro Vidal Terresa|
|114kk||USS Inchon (LPH-12) under way, circa September 1991 to February 1993, signed by CAPT. Robert C. Chaplin.||Tommy Trampp|
| USS Inchon (MCS-12)
|69k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) under way, September 1997.
US Navy photo # 970900-N-0000X-001
|380k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) under way for a scheduled five-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea.
US Navy photo # 990301-N-0000J-001 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (1 March 1999) by PH1 Sean P. Jordon.
|Robert M. Cieri|
|142k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) under way in the Gulf of Mexico, date unknown.
US Navy photo.
|104k||USS Inchon (MCS-12), decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Ingleside, TX. 20 June 2002.
US Navy photo # 020620-N-5745B-001 by Lt. Marc Boyd.
|Submitted by Fabio Peņa, a US Navy Public Affairs photo|
|54k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) in reserve at the Philadelphia Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility (formerly Philadelphia Naval Shipyard), 31 August 2002||Photo by Roy J. Brooks IS1 (SW) USNR|
|55k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) in reserve at the Philadelphia Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, 31 August 2002. The fantail on the left side of the photo is that of USS Mahan (DDG-42), and the bow of a ship on the right side of the photo is that of USS Des Moines (CA-134). Also note that the top portion of Inchon's mainmast has been removed to allow the ship to pass under the draw bridge (entrance to the basin) and is sitting on the flight deck forward of the bridge.||Photo by Roy J. Brooks IS1 (SW) USNR|
|57k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) moored pierside in the reserve basin at the Philadelphia Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, starboard side view, 15 July 2004.||Photo by Brian S. Bell AO3, USNR|
|54k||USS Inchon (MCS-12) moored pierside in the reserve basin at the Philadelphia Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, starboard side view, 15 July 2004.||Photo by Brian S. Bell AO3, USNR|
| USS Inchon (LPH-12) Memorabilia
Chromatic postcard (Front)
Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
Chromatic postcard commemorative postmarks (Reverse)
Contributed by Robert M. Cieri
Commissioning Program Cover
Robert M. Cieri
|LPH-12 Commanding Officers|
|01||CAPT. Cummings Jr., Arthur Howard, USN (USNA 1946)||20 June 1970 - 22 October 1971|
|02||CAPT. Brown, Francis Taylor, USN :RADM||22 October 1971 - 9 November 1972|
|03||CAPT. Thomas, John Keith (Jake), USN (USNA 1951)||9 November 1972 - 13 December 1974|
|04||CAPT. McNally Jr., John Joseph||13 December 1974 - 11 June 1976|
|05||CAPT. Kennedy, Ronald Walter||11 June 1976 - 13 January 1978|
|06||CAPT. Greiwe, William H.||13 January 1978 - 7 September 1979|
|07||CAPT. Higginson, John J. :RADM||7 September 1979 - 5 April 1981|
|08||CAPT. Westerman, William R. (Westy)||25 April 1981 - 14 September 1982|
|09||CAPT. Ruppert, Noel L.||14 September 1982 - 3 March 1984|
|10||CAPT. Lovell, Jack Wendell||3 March 1984 - 3 October 1985|
|11||CAPT. Granuzzo, Andrew A.||3 October 1985 - 2 August 1987|
|12||CAPT. Oden, Leonard Nelson||2 August 1987 - 22 November 1988|
|13||CAPT. Cross II, William V., USN (USNA 1967) :RADM||22 November 1988 - 31 May 1990|
|14||CAPT. Tickle, Harold J.||31 May 1990 - 13 September 1991|
|15||CAPT. Chaplin, Robert Charles, USN (USNA 1970) :RADM||13 September 1991 - 25 February 1993|
|16||CAPT. Young, William D.||25 February 1993 - November 1994|
|17||CAPT. Crocker, David Mark :RADM||November 1994 - 6 March 1995|
|MCS-12 Commanding Officers|
|18||CAPT. Crocker, David Mark :RADM||6 March 1995 - 23 July 1996|
|19||CAPT. Tuohy, Matthew W.||23 July 1996 - 17 January 1998|
|20||CAPT. Gallagher, Richard Keith :VADM||17 January 1998 - 12 June 1999|
|21||CAPT. Hartwell, Daniel Newman,||12 June 1999 - 5 January 2001|
|22||CAPT. Smith, Charles Edward (Grunt) USN :RADM||5 January 2001 - 20 June 2002|
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