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Patches contributed by Mike Smolinski, Unit Identification Marking by Cort Jackson

USS Frederick (LST-1184)

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November - Charlie - Delta - Delta
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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 - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1- Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary. Medal (4 1-Op Eagle Pull, 1-Op Frequent Wind, 1-Lebanon, 1-Somalia) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Southwest Asia Campaign Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1- Op. Eagle Pull) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (8) - Naval Reserve Sea Service Ribbon (3)
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)



USS Frederick was sold to Mexico and renamed ARM Usumacinta (A-412)
LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 April 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 8 March 1969
  • Commissioned USS Frederick (LST-1184), 11 April 1970, CDR. Robert A. Shaid in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Frederick participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    30 April to 3 May 1971
    22 to 24 June 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    30 April 1972
    9 to 11 May 1972
    Consolidation I
    28 to 29 August 1971
    11 to 15 October 1971
     

  • Decommissioned, 5 October 2002
  • Laid up at the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 November 2002
  • Sold to Mexico, 22 November 2002, renamed ARM Usumacinta (A-412)
  • Current Disposition, serving in the Mexican Navy
  • USS Frederick earned three 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

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    Frederick 157k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway at Pearl Harbor outbound to sea, date unknown. Jerry Hays
    Frederick 88k USS Frederick (LST-1184) at anchor, circa 1973, location unknown. Photo by Dr. Kenneth Hartman
    Frederick 151k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway, circa 1975 (Postcard image). Cort Jackson USS Frederick
    Frederick 98k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Frederick 1455k Aerial port bow view of USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway while en route to San Diego, CA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo # DN-SC-84-02658 (1 December 1980).
    Robert M. Cieri
    Peoria 95k USS Frederick (LST 1184) and USS Peoria (LST-1183) moored at NASSCO Shipyard, San Diego, CA., October 1984. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 62k USS Frederick (LST-1184) moored at Broadway Pier, San Diego, CA., circa 23-24 March 1985. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 76k USS Frederick (LST-1184) mess deck, April 1985. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 505k The lowered ramp of USS Frederick (LST-1184) allowed vehicles direct access to the beach during an amphibious exercise at Coronado, CA, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine November 1985, by PH2 Gary G. Ballard.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frederick 67k USS Frederick (LST-1184) and USS Peoria (LST-1183) moored at Pearl Harbor, HI., May 1986. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 82k View of USS Frederick (LST-1184) Engine Room No. 1, 1987. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 54k USS Frederick (LST-1184) starboard passageway near ships store. Photo by Scott Miller
    Frederick 143k USS Frederick (LST-1184) moored pierside at Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1987.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frederick 50k A Marine AAVP-7 assault amphibian vehicle nears the beach during joint US/South Korean exercise Team Spirit `89. USS Frederick (LST-1184) can be seen in the background at Hwasan Ri, South Korea, 1 March 1989. Photo by PH1 Ted Salois, USN
    Department of Defense photo # DNST8907499
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Frederick 116k USS Frederick (LST-1184) departing San Diego, date unknown. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Frederick 411k USS Frederick (LST-1184), at Kawaihae on the Island of Hawaii, 29 March 1996, with her ramp lowered to take on Marines and their equipment.
    US Navy photo # 960329-N-8167A-050 HILO, HAWAII (29 March 1996) by PH3 Laine Altshuler
    Fabio Peña and Robert M. Cieri
    Frederick 64k USS Frederick (LST-1184) cuts through the waters off the coast of southern California, 10 September 1997.
    US Navy photo # 970910-N-0000U-022.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Frederick 19k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway off Oahu, Hawaii, May 1998. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN2 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 35k USS Frederick (LST-1184) in drydock #4 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, June 2000. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN2 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 45k USS Frederick (LST-1184) engineering department group photo taken beneath the dry-docked ship at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard during Frederick's last dry-docking in the Summer of 2002. Steven Kennedy, EN1 (SW), USNR(T) USS Frederick
    Frederick 37k USS Frederick (LST-1184) moored at H-1 pier Pearl Harbor Naval Station, loading USMC vehicles, date unknown. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN2 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 34k USS Frederick (LST-1184) unloading USMC vehicles, over the bow ramp at Kawaihae on the Island of Hawaii. Steven Kennedy, EN1 (SW), USNR(T) USS Frederick
    Frederick 21k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway, date and location unknown. Steven Kennedy, EN1 (SW), USNR(T) USS Frederick
    Frederick 37k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway, date and location unknown. Steven Kennedy, EN1 (SW), USNR(T) USS Frederick
    Frederick 77k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from Veramar Arts Canvas print
    Tommy Trampp
    Frederick 61k USS Frederick (LST-1184)'s Close In Weapons System (CIWS), date unknown. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN1 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 49k USS Frederick (LST-1184) underway, date and location unknown. Steven Kennedy, EN1 (SW), USNR(T) USS Frederick
    Frederick 53k USS Frederick (LST-1184) in port, date and location unknown. Steven Kennedy, EN1 (SW), USNR(T) USS Frederick
    Frederick 138k Midshipmen embarked in USS Frederick (LST-1184) participate in small-arms familiarization and training. Frederick departed Hawaii for a port visit in Portland, OR, to participate in the annual Portland Rose Festival.
    US Navy photo # 020601-N-9022M-003 At sea aboard USS Frederick (LST 1184) June. 1, 2002 by JO2 Mike Miller.
    Bill Gonyo
    Frederick 138k Visitors tour USS Frederick (LST-1184) during a port visit and ships open house at Portland, OR., 7 June 2002.. Nicknamed “Fast Freddy,” Frederick is the last of the Newport class of tank landing ships. Frederick departed Hawaii for a port visit in Portland, OR, to participate in the annual Portland Rose Festival. Frederick is slated for decommissioning at Pearl Harbor, HI., on October 5th, ending thirty-two years of commissioned service. Frederick is moored inboard of the fast frigate USS Ford (FFG-54) and forward of the destroyer USS Paul F. Foster (DD-964) and the guided missile cruiser USS Valley Forge (CG-50).
    US Navy photo # 20608-N-9022M-001 Portland, OR (June. 7, 2002) by JO2 Mike Miller.
    Bill Gonyo
    Frederick 130k USS Frederick (LST-1184), bow view from 04 level, approaching the Island of Hawaii for the last time, 20 June 2002. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN1 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 107k USS Frederick (LST-1184), decommissioning cake, last night underway, 20 June 2002. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN1 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 22k USS Frederick (LST-1184), moored at Pearl Harbor Naval Station, 9 August 2002. Photo by Joseph A. Gless V/R SK2(SW). Taken from USS Chosin (CG-65) while entering port, 9 Aug 2002
    Frederick 1650k USS Frederick (LST-1184) tank deck looking aft from the forward turntable, date unknown. Cort Jackson, US Navy photo by PH1 William Goodwin USS Frederick
    Frederick 1437k USS Frederick (LST-1184), view of the forward turntable looking toward the "tween decks ramp" and the underside of the Bow Ramp, date unknown. Cort Jackson, US Navy photo by PH1 William Goodwin USS Frederick
    Frederick 1444k USS Frederick (LST-1184), view of the forward section of the tank deck and forward turntable, date unknown. Cort Jackson, US Navy photo by PH1 William Goodwin USS Frederick
    Frederick 127k USS Frederick (LST-1184), at Pearl Harbor, HI., 3 October 2002. A Sailor raises the First Navy Jack aboard Frederick shortly after the ship made her final berth shift at the Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, HI, prior to her decommissioning on 5 October. Several members of the U.S. LST Association, including retired WWII veterans and former Frederick crew members, embarked for the berth shift and participated in the flag raising ceremony. Frederick is the last Newport-class tank landing ship in the U.S. Navy and played an active role in both the Vietnam Conflict as well as Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
    US Navy photo # 021003-N-3228G-003 by PH1 William R. Goodwin.
    Fabio Peña
    Frederick 1340k Invitation to the Decommissioning Ceremony for USS Frederick (LST-1184) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 5 October 2002. Cort Jackson USS Frederick
    Frederick 1081k Decommissioning Ceremony program (front cover) for USS Frederick (LST-1184)'s Decommissioning Ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 5 October 2002. Cort Jackson USS Frederick
    Frederick 237k USS Frederick (LST-1184) decommissioning crew photo, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 5 Oct. 2002.
    Photo courtesy LST Association.
    Tommy Trampp
    Frederick 59k USS Frederick (LST-1184) moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI. the morning before decommissioning, 4 October 2002. Photo by Peter E. Skoutas EN1 (SW) USS Frederick A-Division
    Frederick 110k A tugboat is positioned to move Frederick (LST-1184) to a temporary location with other inactive ships in Pearl Harbor immediately following the ship's decommissioning ceremony, 5 October 2002. In 33 years of distinguished Naval service, Frederick made over sixteen major deployments to the Western Pacific and Far East including the South Vietnam withdrawal operations in 1970, the refugee evacuations of 1974, humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991, Operation Sea Angel in 1991, and Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1994. The sixth of twenty Newport Class Tank Landing Ships, Frederick was the last LST in commission, and marks the end of the LST era that began during World War II. More than 1,000 LSTs were built by American shipyards, making it the most mass-produced ship in Naval history. Frederick is slated to continue service in the Mexican Navy.
    US Navy photo # 021005-N-5467C-006 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Oct. 5, 2002) PHAN Casey L. James.
    Bill Gonyo
    ARM Usumacinta (A 412)
    Frederick 78k CAPT. Elliot Powell, U.S. Navy International Programs Office (right), and RADM. Juan Morales, Mexican Naval Attache, sign a certificate of delivery aboard ex-Frederick (LST-1184) during the transfer ceremony of the tank landing ship to Mexico, 9 December 2002. Armada of Mexico CDR., Jorge Jimenez is the new commanding officer of ARM Usumacinta (A 412), the former Frederick. The U.S. Navy decommissioned Frederick, 5 October 2002 in Pearl Harbor.
    US Navy photo # 021209-N-5812W-002 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Dec. 9, 2002) JO3 Sunday Williams.
    Bill Gonyo
    Frederick 50k ARM Usumacinta (A-412) formerly USS Frederick (LST-1184), arrives in Pearl Harbor for a 10-day port visit. Usumacinta was a Pearl Harbor based ship, before she was decommissioned, 5 October 2002 and sold to the Mexican Navy in December 2002. Usumacinta returned to Pearl Harbor to retrieve machinery parts from the several decommissioned tank-landing ships maintained in the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility.
    US Navy photo # 030723-N-3228G-001 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (July. 23, 2003) PH! William R. Goodwin.
    Bill Gonyo
    Frederick 61k ARM Usumacinta (A-412) getting underway from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the afternoon of 20 December 2007, destination unknown. Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    Frederick 1537k ARM Usumacinta (A-412) moored pierside at Manzinillo, Mexico, 16 November 2009, with other ships of the Mexican navy. Bob Behm
    Frederick 1367k ARM Usumacinta (A-412) moored pierside at Manzinillo, Mexico, 16 November 2009. Bob Behm
    Frederick 800k ARM Usumacinta (A-412) entering Pearl Harbor Hawaii, 27 June 2012, to participated in RIMPAC 2012. Captain Wade Armstrong, Pearl Harbor Pilots


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

  • Frederick (LST-1184) Cruise Books - Submitted by Cort Jackson HT2 R div, 1973 - 1976
    WestPac 1973
    WestPac 1974-75
    WestPac 1976
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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