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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
9 April to 3 May 1972
18 to 27 May 1972
2 to 10 June 1972
25 to 27 October 1971
|*Vietnam Evacuation (Operation Frequent Wind)
29 to 30 April 1975
6 to 19 February 1972
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|211k||Officials and their wives attend the launching ceremony of Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp., San Diego, California, 6 September 1969.||US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # K-112487|
|278k||100% completed Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) moored at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp., San
Diego, California, 11 September 1970. the merchant vessel in the background is the M. E. Lombardi.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #'s NH 72981, NH 72982, NH 72983, NH 72984, and NH 72985
|US Naval History and Heritage Command|
|137k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) underway off Coronado, CA., 15 December 1975.||US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # K-112487|
|267k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST 1187) anchored off the Silver Strand, San Diego, CA., 15 December 1976.
US Navy photo by PH3 H.J. Burgess, USN, now in the collections of U.S. DefenseImagery photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-85-06048
|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 Mount Vernon (LSD-39),
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.
|68k||USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|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|
|119k||The decommissioned USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187) is towed out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 12 July 2014, by
USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) in preparation for a sinking exercise (SINKEX) as part of Rim of the
Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014.
US Navy photo # 140712-N-GO855-085 by by MC1 Charles E. White.
|01||CDR. Kinsley Jr. Harry W.||24 October 1970 - 3 May 1972|
|02||CDR. Mott, Louis Dale||3 May 1972 - 19 September 1973|
|03||CDR. MacKay, George William||19 September 1973 - 7 August 1975|
|04||CDR. Black, Rudolph Richard||7 August 1975 - 24 September 1977|
|05||CDR. Sands, Robert John.||24 September 1977 - 27 October 1979|
|06||CDR. Mitchell, William Justin, USN (USNA 1960)||27 October 1979 - 25 September 1981|
|07||CDR. White II, John Dwyer, USN (USNA 1962)||25 September 1981 - 22 October 1983|
|08||CAPT. Montgomery, David James||22 October 1983 - 13 January 1986|
|09||CDR. Barker, Michael Don||13 January 1986 - 16 May 1986|
|10||CDR. Schlichting Jr., Helmuth Carl||16 May 1986 - 19 August 1988|
|11||CDR. Gannon Jr., Harvey John||19 August 1988 - 21 August 1990|
|12||CDR. Silvers, Richard Allan||21 August 1990 - 13 August 1992|
|13||CDR. Hirsch, Thomas John, USN (USNA 1975)||13 August 1992 - 6 January 1994|
|14||LCDR. Fischer, Mark George||6 January 1994 - 18 February 1994|
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