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Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Cayuga (LST-1186)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Zulu - Juliet
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Indian King
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Unit Citation (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (2) - Humanitarian Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

USS Cayuga (LST-1186) was transferred to Brazil and renamed Mattoso Maia (G-28)
LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 September 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 12 July 1969
  • Commissioned USS Cayuga (LST-1186), 8 August 1970, CDR. William T. Hollenbach USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Cayuga participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, 20 to 23 March 1971 Vietnam Ceasefire , 3 to 26 May 1972
  • Decommissioned, 26 August 1994
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Leased under the Security Assistance Program to Brazil, 30 November 1996, renamed Mattoso Maia (G-28)
  • Sold to Brazil 19 September 2000
  • Current Disposition, active in commission in the Brazilian Navy
  • USS Cayuga earned two battle stars for Vietnam War service
    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.
    14 Officers
    15 CPO
    226 Other Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    18 Officers
    21 SNCO
    268 Other Enlisted
    three 36' LCVPs
    one 36' LCPL
    flight deck one spot Armament
    As Built
    two twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two .25mm chain guns
    six .50 cal machine guns
    one 20mm Phalanx (CIWS)
    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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    USS Cayuga (LST-1186)
    Cayuga 26k USS Cayuga (LST-1186) under way in 1975, location unknown. Capt. William T. Hollenbach USN Ret
    Cayuga 73k USS Cayuga (LST-1186) under way, date and location unknown. Tom Langford
    Cayuga 1086k USS Cayuga (LST-1186) under way, 19 February 1979 and location unknown.
    Defense Imagery photos # DN-SN-88-08252, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery
    Tom Langford
    Cayuga 110k USS Cayuga (LST-1186) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Cayuga 110k USS Cayuga (LST-1186) Passing Point Loma while out bound to sea from San Diego, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mattoso Maia (G-28)
    Cayuga 70k Ex-USS Cayuga (LST-1186) in Brazilian service as Mattoso Maia (G-28) underway, date and location unknown. Brazilian Navy web site

    For more photos and information about USS Cayuga 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

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

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