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USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Quebec - Delta
NTQD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (4) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Lebanon)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Lebanon (1 Jul 58-1 Nov 58), Grenada, - Lebanon (1 Jun-1 Aug 84) - Humanitarian Service Medal (Beirut Lebanon Evacuation)


Thomaston Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 August 1953, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 16 July 1954
  • Commissioned USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30), 24 January 1955, CDR. H. Marvin-Smith in command
  • Decommissioned, 5 September 1984
  • Custody transferred to MARAD, 7 September 1989
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 24 February 1992
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping to Peck Recycling, Richmond, VA., for $268.707
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,899 t.(lt), 11,525 t(fl)
    Length 510'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 330
    Troop Accommodations 325
    Armament (as built)
    four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck)
    three LCUs or nine LCM-8's or fifty AAV's/LVTP-7's amphibious tractors
    Aircraft Capacity up to 8 helicopters
    Propulsion
    two D-type boilers, 600psi.
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp

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    Fort Snelling 158k Fort Snelling (LSD-30) underway off her builder's yard at Pascagoula, MS., 12 January 1955.
    US Navy photo from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Fort Snelling 111k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1957.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fort Snelling 79k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) with her well deck flooded takes aboard LCU-1487, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine July 1957.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fort Snelling 61k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) off loading an LCU at Red Beach, Lebanon, 16 July 1958.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fort Snelling 321k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) preparing to moor in the harbor at Rapallo (Genoa), Italy, 28 February 1962. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Fort Snelling 44k Two photos of USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30)'s well-deck and flight deck filled with US Army vehicles during Power Pack Operations in the Dominican Republic, mid-September 1966. Wayne Schipper, BMCM USN Ret.
    Fort Snelling 101k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30)moored pierside at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 20 February 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    Fort Snelling 86k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) moored pierside at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 21 February 1971. © Richard Leonhardt
    Fort Snelling 283k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) moored pierside during a port visit to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1972. Graeme Hanson
    Fort Snelling 245k
    Fort Snelling 272k
    Fort Snelling 330k
    Fort Snelling 273k
    Fort Snelling 87k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) underway, date and location unknown.  
    LCU-1664 1160k LCU-1664 and LCU-1663 and a LCM-6 moored forward of USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) at Genoa, Italy, 5 March 1977. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Fort Snelling 78k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) at Barcelona, Spain, 6 April 1977. Note the SPS-6 air search radar antenna on the mast. Thomaston-class LSDs were the last active ships fitted with this radar set. USS El Paso (LKA-117) is alongside. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Fort Snelling 108k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) at Barcelona, Spain, 6 April 1977, USS El Paso (LKA-117 is just visible inboard of Fort Snelling. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Fort Snelling 75k USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30) underway, date and location unknown.
    Image from Veramar Arts
    Tommy Trampp

    USS Fort Snelling (LSD-30)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Marvin-Smith, Harry24 January 1955 - May 1956
    02CDR. DuBois, Francis LattaMay 1956 - October 1957
    03CDR. Glennon, William RedusOctober 1957 - October 1958
    04CAPT. Brookings II, Robert SomersOctober 1958 - October 1959
    05CAPT. Dewey, Irving DoremusOctober 1959 - August 1960
    06CAPT. Greene, Howard JamesAugust 1960 - August 1961
    07CAPT. Klingaman, Leon Carl (Lonnie)August 1961 - July1962
    08CDR. Gebert Jr., Wesley RobertJuly 1962 - September 1963
    09CAPT. Busch Jr., William J.September 1963 - October 1964
    10CAPT. Fox, John PeterOctober1964 - July1965
    11CAPT. Robinson, Irving AnthonyJuly 1965 - December 1967
    12CAPT. Hanssen, Henry RaphaelDecember 1967 - February 1969
    13CDR. Wells, David MasonFebruary 1969 - August 1970
    14CAPT. Sabin, NormanAugust 1970 - September1971
    15CDR. Wright Jr., Kenneth LorneSeptember 1971 - February 1972
    16CDR. Burpo, James HarveyFebruary 1972 - August 1973
    17CDR. McIndoe, James EdwardAugust 1973 - September 1975
    18CDR. Hunter, Wallace R.September 1975 - August 1977
    19CDR. Rybarczyk, Anthony MarkAugust 1977 - 12 October 1979
    20CDR. Pauling, David R.12 October 1979 - 18 December 1981
    21CDR. Taylor III, William Ivey 18 December 1981 - 19 march 1984
    16CDR. McCarthy, Richard J.19 March 1984 - 5 September 1984
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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