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USS York County (LST-1175)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Victor - Whiskey - Foxtrot
NVWF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 1-Cuba, 2-Dominican Republic) - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS York County (LST-1175) was transferred to Italy, renamed NMM Nave Caorle (L9891)
LST-1171 DeSoto County Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 June 1956, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 5 March 1957
  • Commissioned USS York County (LST-1175), 8 November 1957, LCDR. Warren M. Schafer, USNR, in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS York County (LST-1175) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign, 9 to 11 September 1969

  • Decommissioned, 17 July 1972 and transferred to Italy, renamed NMM Nave Caorle (L9891)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 August 1992
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrap at Naples Italy, date unknown
  • USS York County earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,560 t.(lt) 7,823 t (fl)
    Length 445'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 16' 8"
    Speed 17.5 kts.
    Complement 10 Officers, 174 Enlisted
    Troop Capacity 575
    Boats four LCVP landing craft
    Cargo Capacity 28 medium tanks or vehicles to 75 tons on 288" long tank deck
    Liquid Cargo Capacity 100,000 gal. (US) diesel or jet fuel, plus 7,000 gal. petrol for embarked vehicles
    Armament 3 twin 3"/50 gun mounts
    Propulsion 6 Nordburg diesel engines, 2 shafts, controllable pitch propellers

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    York County 126k Mrs. William C. French, York County (LST-1175) sponsor, Christens the ship , 5 March 1957, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    York County 114k York County (LST-1175) sliding down the builders ways, 5 March 1957, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    York County 195k York County (LST-1175) at the outfitting pier as the newly launched Graham County (LST-1176) is moved to her pier, 9 September 1957, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    York County 242k York County (LST-1175), 24 October 1957, being prepared for her Acceptance Trials, the next day, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    York County 99k York County (LST-1175) during her first trials, 15 October 1957 in Hampton Roads, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    York County 225k York County (LST-1175) during beaching trials, 30 October 1957, being prepared for her Acceptance Trials, the next day, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Newport News, VA.
    Photo from the shipyard in house publication "Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Bulletin".
    S. Dale Hargrave
    York County 87k USS York County (LST-1175) underway, 30 December 1957, location unknown. York County was the ultimate development of the World War II LST concept. By 1957 higher speeds were needed requiring a radically different type of ship, realized in the form of the Newport (LST-1179) class. Robert Hurst
    York County 152k
    York County 17k USS York County (LST-1175) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    York County 88k USS York County (LST-1175) underway, date and location unknown. © Richard Leonhardt
    York County 86k USS York County (LST-1175) underway, date and location unknown. Joe Fyke
    York County 83k USS York County (LST-1175) beached at Red Beach on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico., July 1961 Photo by Jule Spohn
    York County 61k USS York County (LST-1175) makes port at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico with a cargo of construction equipment as members of MCB Seven stand by. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    NMM Nave Caorle (L9891)
    York County 335k Ex USS York County (LST-1175), in Italian service as NMM Nave Caorle (L9891) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 18 September 1982 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    York County 56k NMM Nave Caorle (L9891) in the Gulf of Teulada, Sardinia, during Exercise Sardinia-85. Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    York County 433k NMM Nave Caorle (L9891) at anchor off Genoa, Italy, 21 February 1987. Photo by Carlo Martinelli

    USS York County (LST-1175)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Schofer, Warren Messing8 November 1957 - 12 November 1959
    02LCDR. Fromknecht, George William12 November 1959 - 3 December 1960
    03LCDR. Berry, Henry Martin3 December 1960 - 8 November 1962
    04LCDR. Pray, Robert Edgar8 November 1962 - 24 July 1964
    05LCDR. Lenahan, Robert Peter24 July 1964 - 3 October 1966
    06LCDR. Wright Jr., Kenneth Lorne3 October 1966 - 5 January 1969
    07LCDR. Wicks, Jr., Lester H.5 January 1969 - 23 December 1969
    08LCDR. Robison Jr., Delma Coy23 December 1969 - 18 March 1970
    09LCDR. Seeber, Lauren18 March 1970 - 17 July 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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