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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 (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (4-Cuba, 2 Lebanon)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba, 2-Dominican Republic, 5-Lebanon, 1-Grenada) - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-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, 28 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 21 kts.
    Complement 304
    Troop Accommodations 300
    Armament (as built)
    eight twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boat Capacity (Well Deck) 21 LCM(6)s
    Aircraft up 8 helicopters
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    two propellers, 23,000shp

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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


    For more photos and information about USS Fort Snelling, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Commanding Officers

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

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