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USS Schenectady (LST-1185)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - India - Charlie
NFIC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (3)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Campaign Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 August 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 24 May 1969
  • Commissioned USS Schenectady (LST-1185), 13 June 1970, CDR. David E. Sigsworth in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Schenectady (LST-1185) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    23 to 26 May 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 April to 7 May 1972
    22 May to 11 June 1972
    23 June to 15 July 1972
    Consolidation II
    12 to 9 December 1971
    5 to 7 January 1972
    6 to 10 February 1972
    15 to 17 February 1972
    21 March 1972
    24 to 26 March 1972
     

  • Decommissioned, 15 December 1993
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, category B status, at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 July 2001
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target by B-52's, B-1's, F-15's along with FA-18's during SINEX - Exercise Resultant Fury 19, 21-22 November 2004
  • USS Schenectady earned three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Schenectady was the fifth 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.

    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 ALCO 16-251E main propulsion diesel engines
    two shafts, three engines per shaft, shaft horsepower 15,000
    two controllable reversible pitch propellers, twin rudders
    three ALCO 8-251C Generator sets, 1200 KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    Schenectady 106k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) launching at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA., 24 May 1969.
    US Navy photo from 1972-73 USS Schenectady cruise book
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    Schenectady 72k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) transporting tank causeway, circa 1973 near Subic Bay, P.R. Derick S. Hartshorn, courtesy Tom Totoris
    Schenectady 111k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) with ramp down, circa 1973, location unknown. Derick S. Hartshorn, courtesy Brady S. Clinger.
    Schenectady 51k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tom Sparkman and Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Schenectady 74k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo from Varamar Arts Canvas Prints
    Tommy Trampp
    Schenectady 82k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) outbound to sea while exiting San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    Photo from Varamar Arts Canvas Prints
    Tommy Trampp
    Schenectady 21k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) at anchor, San Diego, 1978 Tom Sparkman
    Schenectady 141k Stern view of USS Schenectady (LST-1185) at anchor in San Diego Bay in late 1978. Photo taken from USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) Photo by Richard Stiles
    Schenectady 18k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tom Sparkman
    Schenectady 25k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tom Sparkman
    Schenectady 25k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tom Sparkman
    Schenectady 88k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Schenectady 91k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Schenectady 92k Bow view of USS Schenectady (LST-1185) moored at Pier 11 Naval Station San Diego, CA,, spring 1987. Photo by Scott Miller
    Schenectady 72k Marines watch as USS Schenectady (LST-1185) comes alongside to refuel while enroute to the Middle East in support of Operation Desert Shield, 1 September 1990.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-91-02176 by PH3 Smith, USN, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Schenectady 380k USS Schenectady (LST-1185) ship's bell and builders plaque on display on the quarterdeck of Naval Operational Support Base Schenectady, New York, 27 September 2012. Photo by Peter Skoutas
    Schenectady 49k Ex-USS Schenectady (LST-1185) being hit with a bomb during SINEX - Exercise Resultant Fury 19, 21-22 November 2004. Peter E. Skoutas EN1(SW) USN
    Schenectady 77k Ex-USS Schenectady (LST-1185) after being hit with a bomb during SINEX - Exercise Resultant Fury 19, 21-22 November 2004. Peter E. Skoutas EN1(SW) USN
    Schenectady 86k Ex-Schenectady (LST-1185) lists after being hit with seven 2,000 Joint Defense Attack Munitions (JADAM) missiles during exercise Resultant Fury at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, HI., 23 November 2004.
    DVIC photo # DF-SD-07-41203 by TSGT Richard Freeland USAF, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo

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    Schenectady
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    Schenectady
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    Schenectady
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    For more photos and information about USS Schenectady see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Schenectady (LST-1185) web site
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • LST Homeport
  • State LST Chapters
  • United States LST Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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