Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive


Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)

/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Kilo - Foxtrot
NYKF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (7) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Grenada, Lebanon) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (2-Beirut Lebanon Evacuation) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)



USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) was transferred to Republic of China and renamed ROCS Chung Ho (LST-232)
LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 February 1967, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 4 January 1969
  • Commissioned USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), 24 January 1970
  • During the Vietnam War USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    27 to 29 March 1971
    19 to 21 June 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    27 April to 31 May 1972
    9 June to 3 July 1972
    9 July to 26 August 1972
    31 August to 1 September 1972
    29 September to 21 October 1972

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1993
  • Leased to the Republic of China, 10 July 1996, renamed ROCS Chung Ho (LST-232)
  • Commissioned into Republic of China Navy, 8 May 1997
  • Struck from the Naval Register and simultaneously sold to Taiwan, 29 September 2000
  • Current disposition, active in the Republic of China Navy
  • USS Manitowoc earned two campaign stars for service during the Vietnam War
    USS Manitowoc is the second ship of the twenty ship Newport Tank Landing Ship class, which replaced the traditional bow door design LST. Two derrick arms support a thirty-ton, 112-foot bow ramp for the unloading of tanks and other vehicles ashore, additionally, amphibious vehicles can be launched from the tank deck via the ship's stern gate and the ship's flight deck can accommodate most Navy helicopter types.
  • USS Manitowoc earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,190 t.(lt), 8,550 t.(fl)
    Length 522' 3" (ovl)
    Beam 69' 9 1/2" (max)
    Draft max forward (fl) 13' 6", max aft (fl) 16' 3" 15'
    Speed 27 kts. max.
    Complement
    14 Officers
    15 CPO
    226 Other Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    18 Officers
    21 SNCO
    268 Other Enlisted
    Boats
    three 36' LCVPs
    one 36' LCPL
    Aircraft
    flight deck one spot
    Armament
    As Built
    two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Upgraded
    two .25mm chain guns
    six .50 cal machine guns
    one 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    Propulsion
    six 16 cylinder Electro Motive Engines (EMD 645 E-5) diesel engines
    two shafts, three engines per shaft, shaft horsepower 15,000
    two controllable reversible pitch propellers, twin rudders
    Three EMD 12 Cylinder 645 E-2 Generator sets, 1200 KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed By / Source
    USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)
    Manitowoc 91k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) 3/4in coin, reverse blank, circa 1970s. Tommy Trampp
    Manitowoc 73k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine May 1972.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Manitowoc 50k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), at Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 1981. Note during this point in her life she is still armed with 3"/50 guns in twin enclosed mounts amidships. Moored to port of Manitowoc is USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192). Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Manitowoc 73k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), at Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 1981. Moored to port of Manitowoc is USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192). Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Manitowoc 62k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), and USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), at Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 1981. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Manitowoc 69k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), and USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), at Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 1981. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Manitowoc 899k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) moored pierside at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Manitowoc 159k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) underway in Chesapeake Bay, 7 October 1985. Courtesy © Atlantic Fleet Sales/ Nobe Smith
    Manitowoc 287k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) underway at Rapallo (Genoa), Italy, 13 February 1986. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Manitowoc 446k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) moored at Rapallo (Genoa), Italy, 16 March 1986. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Manitowoc 57k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) in the Gulf of Teulada, Sardinia, March 1986, Exercise Sardinia-86 Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    Manitowoc 76k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) underway, date and location unknown. Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Manitowoc 1600k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) is eased into her berth by tugs, 7 December 1990, to take on Marines headed for the Middle East in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD.
    Defense Imagery photo # DM-ST-91-0211546, a US Marine Corps photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Santaquin 156k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) assists USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) into her berth at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., 17 April 1991. Manitowoc was returning to her homeport after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109700 PH3 Tuemler USN.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Santaquin 78k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) pushes on the bow of USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) as the ship is moved into her berth, 17 April 1991. Manitowoc was returning to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA. after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109705 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Santaquin 185k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) helps move USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) into position alongside the pier. Manitowoc was returning to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA. after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Camera Operator: PH3 TUEMLER Date Shot: 17 Apr 1991
    DVIC photo # DNST9109706 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Santaquin 76k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) moves USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) into position alongside the pier at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA.,, 17 April 1991, as Campti (YTB-816), right, stands by. In the background is the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44). Manitowoc and Gunston Hall have returned to Little Creek following their deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109707 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Santaquin 186k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) assists USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) alongside the pier at Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA.,, 17 April 1991. Manitowoc was returning to her homeport after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109708 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Santaquin 171k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) assists USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) into her berth as Sailors man the rails on the bow of the tank landing ship, 17 April 1991. Manitowoc was returning to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109709 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Santaquin 81k The large harbor tug Santaquin (YTB-824) moves USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) into her berth at the pier alongside the Naval Reserve Force (NRF) tank landing ship USS Boulder (LST-1190), 17 April 1991. Manitowoc was returning to Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., after deploying to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
    DVIC photo # DNST9109711 by PH3 Tuemler USN
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Manitowoc 84k USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from Veramar Arts Canvas print
    Tommy Trampp
    Manitowoc 15k Transfer ceremony of USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) and USS Sumter (LST-1181) from US Navy to the Republic of China at NAB Little Creek, VA., circa 1996 LST Home Port web site
    ROCS Chung Ho (LST-232)
    Manitowoc 38k Ex-USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) underway while in the Republic of China (Taiwan) service as ROCS Chung Ho (LST-232), date and location unknown. Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Manitowoc see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Homeport
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Dyer Jr., George Thomas24 January 1970 - 21 May 1971
    02CDR. Bess, George Delbert21 May 1971 - 14 December 1972
    03CDR. Poyet, Elmer Francis (Frank)14 December 1972 - 7 September 1974
    04CDR. Chrisman Jr., John Aubrey7 September 1974 - 30 September 1976
    05CDR. Doyle, John Francis30 September 1976 - 7 November 1978
    06CDR. Triplett, Thomas Terrence7 November 1978 - 17 October 1980
    07CDR. Butler, Richard Montague17 October 1980 - 30 November 1982
    08CDR. Kolata, John Dennis30 November 1982 - 11 January 1985
    09CDR. Vion, Charles Paul11 January 1985 - 27 February 1987
    10CDR. Schill, Jerome Edward27 February -1987 - 16 June 1989
    11CDR. Martin, Robert Stanly16 June 1989 - 16 November 1990
    12CDR. Rauch, Dale Arthur16 November 1990 - 9 June 1990
    13CDR. Concannon, Timothy James9 March 1992 - 30 June 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Amphibious Ship Type Index Back To The Tank Landing Ship (LST) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 20 February 2015