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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, patch at right contributed by Frank M. Egger

USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Oscar - Zulu
NXOZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - National Defense Service Medal (3)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind, 2-Libya, 1-Iraq Desert Thunder Op.) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Eniwetok Cleanup, 1-Frequent Wind) - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Anchorage Class Dock Landing Ship:
  • Laid, down 29 January 1970, at General Dynamics Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 17 April 1971
  • Commissioned USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39), 13 May 1972, at Boston, MA., CAPT. William F. Keller Jr. in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 July 2003
  • Laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 March 2004
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target, 16 June 2005, during operation "Patrolling Thunder" off the Northwest coast of Kauai, HI by P-3 aircraft of squadrons VP-1, VP-9, VP-46, (note; same page as VP-47) and VP-47, with three Harpoon missiles, four Maverick missiles, and eighteen 500-lb bombs
    Specifications:
    Displacement 8,325 t.(lt), 14,095 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 84'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 20+kts.
    Complement
    24 Officers
    300 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity 320
    Boats (Well Deck Capacity) 3 LCACs or 2 LCUs
    Armament
    four twin 3"/50 gun mounts (removed 1980)
    two Phalanx CIWS gun mounts
    two 25mm Bushmaster chain guns
    Propulsion
    two 600psi boilers
    two De Laval Steam Turbines
    two propellers, 24,000shp
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    Mount Vernon 109k Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway near her builders yard at Quincy, MA., 5 April 1972.
    US Navy photo and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Vernon 92k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) commissioning ceremony, Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA., 13 May 1972 . Dave Dipboye IC2 USS Mount Vernon Plankowner
    Mount Vernon 86k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) commissioning ceremony, Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA., 13 May 1972 . Dave Dipboye IC2 USS Mount Vernon Plankowner
    Mount Vernon 111k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) starboard bow view, in drydock, Swan Island Ship Repair Facility, Portland, OR., August, 1976. Brian O'Connor, MM1 (SW/DV) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 114k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway, entering San Diego Bay, date unknown. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 90k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) gets much needed supplies during a VERTREP replenishment in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. A USS White Plains (AFS-4) UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter delivers supplies onto the Mount Vernon.'s helicopter platform. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 102k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) gets much needed supplies during a VERTREP replenishment in the Gulf of Thailand, January 1974. A USS White Plains (AFS-4) UH-46 Sea Knight helicopter delivers supplies onto the Mount Vernon.'s helicopter platform. M. J. "Doc" Sanchez HM2 (FMF) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 89k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway, off San Diego, circa 1976-78. Brian O'Connor, MM1 (SW/DV) USN Ret.
    Mount Vernon 90k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) underway, off San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Vernon 40k USS Illusive (MSO-448) in foreground with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in background, Persian Gulf, circa 1987-88.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mount Vernon 47k USS Illusive (MSO-448) in foreground with USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) in background. Mount Vernon was serving as a support vessel for the minesweepers in the Persian Gulf, 1987-88.
    US Navy photo
    Darrell G. Miller USS Mount Vernon
    FFG-14 Sides 200k USS Mount Vernon (LSD-39) and USS Sides (FFG-14) steam together during Exercise CARAT 2000 off the coast of Japan, 12 June 2000.
    US Navy photo #000612-N-5961C-001 by PH1 Spike Call.
    Bill Gonyo

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