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USNS Traverse County (T-LST-1160)
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USS Traverse County (LST-1160) (1955 - 1971)
USS LST-1160 (1953 - 1955)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Whiskey - Oscar
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3-Lebanon, 1-Cuba)



USS Traverse County (LST-1160) was transferred to Peru and renamed BAP Eten (DT-144)
LST-1156 Terrebonne Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 December 1952, at Bath Iron Works Corp, Bath ME.
  • Launched, 3 October 1953
  • Commissioned USS LST-1160, 19 December 1953, LCDR. James W. Perkins Sr. in command.
  • Named USS Traverse County (LST-1160), 1 July 1955
  • Decommissioned 1970
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), 7 June 1972, as USNS Traverse County (T-LST-1160)
  • Placed out of service struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1973
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Transferred, under the Security Assistance Program, to Peru, 26 April 1999, renamed BAP Eten (DT-144)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,590 t.(lt) 5,800 t.(fl)
    Length 384'
    Beam 55'
    Draft 17'
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement
    Ships Company and Staff Officers 16
    Ships Company and Staff Enlisted 189
    Troop Accommodations
    15 officers
    380 enlisted
    Boats
    three LCVP
    one LCPL
    Armament
    three twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    four GM 16-278A Diesel engines
    two controllable pitch propellers, 6,000shp

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    USS Traverse County (LST-1160)
    Traverse County 70k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) beached in the background as Marines fortify a beachhead during Amphibious exercises in 1954, location unknown. Ralph Yorio
    Traverse County 239k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) beached in the surf during amphibious exercises, in 1955, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the Amphibious Base Little Creek VA. newspaper "The Gator."
    Ralph Yorio
    Traverse County 62k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) underway in 1955 during amphibious exercises, date and location undetermined.
    US Navy photos from the Amphibious Base Little Creek VA. newspaper "The Gator."
    Ralph Yorio
    Traverse County 1006k
    Traverse County 83k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) entering the harbor at Valetta, Malta, January 1957 Donald J Holland SKC USN Ret USS Traverse County February 1956 to December 1957
    Traverse County 21k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) loading/unloading vehicles during LFM-2/61 Mediterranean Cruise, September 1961 to March 1962. Photo by Jack LaBrecque USMC-1842692
    Traverse County 26k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) underway during LFM-2/61 Mediterranean Cruise, September 1961 to March 1962. Photo by Jack LaBrecque USMC-1842692
    Traverse County 24k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) underway during LFM-2/61 Mediterranean Cruise, September 1961 to March 1962. Photo by Jack LaBrecque USMC-1842692
    Traverse County15k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) firing Mount 32 firing during gunnery exercises, LFM-2/61 Mediterranean Cruise, September 1961 to March 1962. Photo by Jack LaBrecque USMC-1842692
    Traverse County 107k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) alongside USS Tallahatchee County (AVB-2) at Malta, 1968 Photo by Jerry Search RD3
    via Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    crew member 1968-70
    Traverse County 65k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) sailors made liberty call at Malta, 1968 Photo by Jerry Search RD3
    via Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    crew member 1968-70
    Traverse County 93k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) underway, circa 1969 Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    crew member 1968-70
    Traverse County 124k The Little Creek based USS Traverse County (LST-1160) carrying causeways on her sides heads out to sea for amphibious exercises, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    crew member 1968-70
    Traverse County 116k USS Traverse County (LST-1160) underway in 1975 Donald J Holland SKC USN Ret USS Traverse County February 1956 to December 1957
    BAP Eten (DT-144)
    Traverse County 59k Ex-USS Traverse County (LST-1160) in Peruvian service as BAP Eten (DT-144) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Note that the 3/50" guns have been replaced by 40mm gun.
    Jane' s Fighting Ships 1999
    Submitted by
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    crew member 1968-70
    Traverse County 71k BAP Eten (DT-144), ex-Traverse County (LST-1160), moored inboard of BAP Pisco (DT-142), ex-USS Waldo County (LST-1163), at the Peruvian Naval Base at Calleo, October 2003. Also note BAP Guardian Rios (ARA-123) ex-USS Pinto (ATF-90} moored at left. Photo by Carlos Race Navy Military of Peru web site
    Traverse County 311k BAP Eten (DT-144) moored inboard of BAP Calleo (DT-143), ex-USS Washoe County (LST-1165), probably, at the Peruvian Naval Base at Calleo in 2007. ©2007 HALCON_24
    Traverse County 205k Stern view of BAP Eten (DT-144) moored inboard of BAP Calleo (DT-143), ex-USS Washoe County (LST-1165), probably, at the Peruvian Naval Base at Calleo in 2007. ©2007 HALCON_24

    USS Traverse County (LST-1160)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Perkins Sr., James William19 December 1953 - ?
    02LCDR Anderson, Charles Lee Royalno dates
    03LCDR Holmgren, Wiltonno dates
    04LCDR Sherrill, J. T.no dates
    05LCDR Markowski, David L.1968 - September 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    USS Traverse County LST-1160
    LST Homeport
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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