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Tuscaloosa is the ninth 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.
Vietnam War Campaigns
|Campaigns and Dates||Campaigns and Dates|
|Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
5 to 9 June 1971
6 to 19 February 1972
25 to 27 October 1971
9 April to 3 May 1972
18 to 27 May 1972
2 to 10 June 1972
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|19k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) undergoing shock tests of San Diego, CA. in January 1978.||Gerald Peterson|
|280k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) underway riding high, exposing her bow thruster.
Photo taken by Dave Siegar from USS Schenectady (LST-1185) in Philippine waters during their 1977 WestPac Cruise.
|Derick S. Hartshorn|
|89k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) docked in the well of medium auxiliary floating drydock USS Competent (AFDM-6) at Naval Base Subic Bay, Luzon Island, Philippine Islands, date unknown.||Ron Reeves|
|150k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) conducting amphibious operations, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1981./font>
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret|
|88k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the PAO Package, Naval Station Treasure Island, CA. for the towing of the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) from US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. to the Naval Sub Base at Groton, CT in 1985. Tuscaloosa was the Pacific escort ship for the tow.
|Darryl L. Baker|
|97k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.|
|102k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) passing the Southwest Marine Inc shipyard on San Diego Bay, escorted by the commercial tugboat Mister Randy, 19 December 1986. In the background is the Spruance Class Destroyer USS John Young (DD 973) in dry dock at the Southwest Marine Inc shipyard at San Diego, California (CA). To the left of the John Young are USS Fife (DD-991) and USS Brooke (FFG-1). In the background are the Coronado Bridge and the city of San Diego.
DVIC photo # DN-SC-05-10451 by PHC Kristofferson, USN, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
DOD- photo # DNSC9001938
|504k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187)
in the medium auxiliary floating dry dock
Steadfast (AFDM-14), at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co, San Diego, CA., 1 April 1986. Note the other ships, drydocks and yard craft. including
USS Fort Fisher (LSD-40),
USS Pensacola (LSD-38),
USS Schenectady (LST-1185) and
Department of Defense photo # DNSC9001938
Department of Defense photo # DNSC9001937
Department of Defense photo # DNSC9001936
Department of Defense photo # DNSC9001935 by PH1 O'Connor.
DOD- photo # DNSC9001937
DOD- photo # DNSC9001936
DOD- photo # DNSC9001935
|21k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) at sea, date unknown||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret|
|75k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) departing San Diego Bay while outbound to sea, date unknown.
Varamar Arts Canvas print.
|104k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) crew members board the ship for the last time prior to her decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station San Diego, CA., 18 February 1994. On the opposite side of the pier is the guided missile cruiser USS FOX (CG-33).
DVIC photo # DN-ST-94-02354 by PH1 Robert S. Shanks, USN, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
|29k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) and USS Peoria (LST 1183) moored at the Naval Inactive Ship's Maintenance Facility, Pearl Harbor, HI. June 1999.||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret|
|37k||USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) with ex-USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) in tow departs from the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Pearl Harbor to sea for a Sinkex, date unknown.||Ron Reeves|
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