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USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation(2)
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean)
Second Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Frequent Wind) - Vietnam Service Medal (4)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Frequent Wind) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 November 1968, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 6 September 1969
  • Commissioned USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187), 24 October 1970, CDR. Harry W. Kinsley, Jr., in command
    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.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    5 to 9 June 1971
    Consolidation II
    6 to 19 February 1972
    Consolidation I
    25 to 27 October 1971
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    9 April to 3 May 1972
    18 to 27 May 1972
    2 to 10 June 1972

  • Decommissioned, 18 February 1994
  • Laid at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Pearl Harbor, HI., in maintenance category "B" status
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 2008
  • USS Tuscaloosa earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation and four campaign battle stars 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 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 251-C, 8 cylinder generator sets, 750KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    Tuscaloosa 19k USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) undergoing shock tests of San Diego, CA. in January 1978. Gerald Peterson
    Tuscaloosa 23k
    Tuscaloosa 18k
    Tuscaloosa 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
    Tuscaloosa 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
    Tuscaloosa 113k
    Tuscaloosa 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
    Tuscaloosa 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
    Tuscaloosa 97k USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
    Tuscaloosa 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
    Bill Gonyo
    Tuscaloosa 39k A bow view of USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) in the medium auxiliary floating dry dock Steadfast (AFDM-14), at San Diego, CA., 1 April 1986.
    Photo by PH1 O`Connor USN
    Department of Defense photo # DNSC9001938.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Tuscaloosa 21k USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) at sea, date unknown Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Tuscaloosa 75k USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) departing San Diego Bay while outbound to sea, date unknown.
    Varamar Arts Canvas print.
    Tommy Trampp
    Tuscaloosa 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
    Bill Gonyo
    Peoria/Tuscaloosa 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


    For more photos and information about USS Tuscaloosa, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • Mobile Riverine Force Association
  • LST Home Port
  • 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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