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Patch at right contributed by Mike Smolinski, Unit Identification Marking contributed by Cort Jackson
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
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
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII, 20 to 23 March 1971
||Vietnam Ceasefire , 3 to 26 May 1972
Cayuga is the sixth 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.
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.
226 Other Enlisted
268 Other Enlisted
three 36' LCVPs
one 36' LCPL
flight deck one spot
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) underway in 1975, location unknown.
||Capt. William T. Hollenbach USN Ret
||USS Cayuga (LST-1186) underway, date and location unknown.
||USS Cayuga (LST-1186) underway, 19 February 1979 and location unknown.
Defense Imagery photos # DN-SN-88-08252, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery
| Mattoso Maia (G-28)
||Ex-USS Cayuga (LST-1186) in the Brazilian service as Mattoso Maia (G-28) underway, date and location unknown.
||Brazilian Navy web site
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 25 January 2013
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