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USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156)
USS LST-1156 (1952 - 1955)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Cuba, 2-Dominican Republic)

USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) also served as the Spanish Naval vessel Velasco (L-11)
LST-1156 Terrebonne Parish Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 January 1952, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME;
  • Launched, 9 August 1952
  • Commissioned USS LST-1156, 21 November 1952, LCDR. Henry L. Porter in command
  • Named USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 29 October 1971
  • Transferred to Spain, 29 October 1971, renamed Velasco (L 11)
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 1 November 1976
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Spanish Navy List by Order 613/04482/94, 13 April 1994 (B.O.D. # 78).
  • Final Disposition, Velasco was used as a training hulk for UOE ("Unidad de Operaciones Especiales", Special Operations Unit) at La Carraca, Cádiz, ultimately she was scrapped, circa 1994
    Displacement 2,590 t.(lt), 5,800 t.(fl)
    Length 384'
    Beam 55'
    Draft 17'
    Speed 14 kts.
    16 officers
    189 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    15 officers
    380 enlisted
    three LCVPs
    one LCPL
    three twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    two controllable pitch propellers, 6,000shp

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    USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156)
    Terrebonne Parish 33k USSTerrebonne Parish (LST-1156) underway, date and location unknown. Al Hines
    Terrebonne Parish 151k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) underway, date and location unknown. Harry Carr
    Terrebonne Parish 151k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) beaching during Amphibious Exercises in the Caribbean Sea, probably at Vieques Island near the island of Puerto Rico, circa 1959-60. Photo was taken from LCU-1473. Photo by Pat Dineen, LCU-1473 electrician, contributed by Bob Carrier EN-3 LCU-1473(1963-July 1963) LCU-1473
    Terrebonne Parish 22k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) at Malta, 1959 Nick Gardner
    Terrebonne Parish 39k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, 1959 Nick Gardner
    Terrebonne Parish 34k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) underway in the Chesapeake Bay, 1969 Nick Gardner
    Terrebonne Parish 68k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) off-loading troops during Sixth Fleet amphibious exercises.
    US Navy photo for "All Hands" magazine, December 1961
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Terrebonne Parish 194k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) inbound to Valletta, Malta, 29 May 1967. Terrebonne Parish commenced her 7th Mediterranean deployment, 30 March 1967, when she embarked Marines of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, at Morehead City and crossed the Atlantic in company with four minesweepers of Mine Division 83. Upon arriving at Aranci Bay, Sardinia, 19 April, the ship joined Amphibious Squadron 6, Task Force 61, and soon participated in Exercise "Fairgame Five," a Franco-American amphibious exercise which brought together elements of the French Army, Navy, Commandos, and Foreign Legion, as well as a joint Navy-Marine team.
    Original copyright belonged to Anthony and Joseph Pavia of Valletta, Malta.
    Brian Miller
    Terrebonne Parish 66k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Stanley C. Svec
    Terrebonne Parish 703k Mural of USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) painted on a wall at Houma, LA. article.
    Photo by Tommy Browning
    Terrebonne Parish 1179k USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) underway, outbound from Genoa, Italy, 6 June 1971. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Velasco (L-11)
    Terrebonne Parish 5k

    Luis Vicente Velasco de Isla Born in Noja, Cantabria, Spain, 9 February 1711. Died in Havana, Cuba, 31 July 1762. Spanish sailor, commander of the Royal Spanish Navy. His military career was highlighted by his bravery and skill in command of several ships of the King of Spain. He reached his greatest glory defending Havana from the English invasion of 1762.
    Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 74k Ex-USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156) seen here in Spanish service as Velasco (L-11), Barcelona, Spain, 19 March 1978 Photo by Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 97k Velasco (L-11), Barcelona, Spain, 19 March 1978. Closeup of superstructure. Photo by Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 80k Velasco (L-11), Barcelona, Spain, 18 January 1981. Note the forward Mk.33 twin 3"/50 gun mounts, along with their Mk.63 GFCS on the tower-like structure behind them (note the "dish" of the Mk.34 radar on the starboard gun mount itself). Photo by Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 95k Velasco (L-11), Barcelona, Spain, 18 January 1981. Close-up of the superstructure, showing two LCVPs in a davit and the aft Mk.63 GFCS Photo by Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 48k On May 30, 1981 ("Dia de las Fuerzas Armadas", Armed Forces Day) the Spanish Navy performed a simulated amphibious assault for the citizens of Barcelona. This view shows Velasco (L 11), [ex-Terrebonne Parish (LST 1156)] and Galicia (L 31) [ex-San Marcos (LSD 25)]--landing craft headed to the beach as a support helicopter overflies the ships. Photo by Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 48k The Spanish LST Velasco (L 11), ex-Terrebonne Parish (LST 1156), at Barcelona, Spain, 31 May 1981; the ship has a pontoon causeway secured amidships. Photo by Fabio Peña
    Terrebonne Parish 67k Velasco (L-11) underway in the Alboran Sea, June 1985 Photos by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    Terrebonne Parish 77k
    Terrebonne Parish 54k
    Terrebonne Parish 58k
    Terrebonne Parish 1682k Velasco (L-11) and Martin Alvarez (L-12) [ex-USS Wexford County (LST-1168)] moored at Genoa, Italy, 31 October 1993. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Terrebonne Parish 1681k Velasco (L-11) underway in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 1 November 1993 Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    USS Terrebonne Parish (LST-1156)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Porter, Henry L.21 November 1952 - 12 December 1953
    02LCDR. Williams, James Archie12 December 1953 - 17 December 1955
    03LCDR. Harbart, Rex 17 December 1955 - 20 April 1956
    04LCDR. Dusek, Charles Clarence20 April 1956 - 5 December 1957
    05LCDR. Sullivan, Joseph E.5 December 1957 - 18 December 1959
    06LCDR. Munnikhuysen, Henry Farnandis (Hank), USN (USNA 1947) 18 December 1959 - 13 January 1962
    07LCDR. Durkin, Michael Francis13 January 1962 - 13 July 1963
    08LCDR. Schoonover, Ned Wallace13 July 1963 - 15 September 1964
    09LCDR. Panarese, Adam Francis15 September 1964 - 2 July 1965
    10LCDR. Clermont Jr., William Joseph (Willi)2 July 1965 - 14 November 1966
    11LCDR. Lumbert, Albert Wayne14 November 1966 - 20 December 1968
    12LCDR. Edmunds Jr., Frank Lee20 December 1968 - 25 April 1970
    13LCDR. Nelson, Mark Van Voy25 April 1970 - 29 October 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    USS Terrebonne Parish LST 1156 Association
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
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