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USS San Bernardino (LST-1189)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Papa - Uniform
NPPU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Southwest Asia Service Medal



USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) was transferred to Chile and renamed Valdivia (L-93)

LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 July 1969, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 28 March 1970
  • Commissioned USS San Bernardino (LST-1189), 27 March 1971, at Long Beach Naval Station, Long Beach, CA., CDR. Francis L. Roach in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS San Bernardino participated in the following campaign:
    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    14 to 17 December 1972
    8 to 21 January 1973
    5 to 15 February 1973
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1995
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred to Chile under the Security Assistance Program, 23 June 1999, renamed Valdivia (L-93)
  • Decommissioned in January 2011 and laid up at Talcahuano
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Sierra Leone
  • USS San Bernardino earned one campaign star for 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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    USS San Bernardino (LST-1189)
    San Bernardino 884k Crewmen stand at the end of a causeway as USS San Bernardino (LST-1189), with bow open, prepares to lower her ramp at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, CA., 1 August 1979.
    Defense Imagery photos #
    DN-ST-88-07381 CORONADO, Calif. (1 August 1979)
    DN-ST-88-07382 CORONADO, Calif. (1 August 1979)>
    DN-ST-88-07383 CORONADO, Calif. (1 August 1979)

    US Navy photos by Bertram Miller, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.mil.
    Robert M. Cieri
    San Bernardino 1284k
    San Bernardino 1408k
    San Bernardino 45k USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) underway with water breaking over her bow. Outbound from her homeport at Sasebo, Japan in 1986 or 1987. She had just come through a Typhoon. Photo was taken from inside of the bridge looking forward towards the bow John Viel USS San Bernardino
    San Bernardino 70k USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) departs San Diego CA., enroute to the Middle East to take part in Operation DESERT SHIELD, 23 January 1991.
    DVIC photo # DD-ST-91-07748 from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    San Bernardino 35k USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) at Hong Kong, 16 February 1992 William Chiu
    San Bernardino 83k USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) underway off San Diego, CA, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    San Bernardino 90k USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) underway off the coast of San Diego, date unknown. US Navy photo. Robert M. Cieri
    San Bernardino 104k USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) plaque Tommy Trampp
    Valdivia (L-93)
    La Moure County 46k Long distance view of Valdivia (ex-USS San Bernardino [LST 1189] and USS La Moure County (LST-1194) at Caleta Cifuncho Bay, Chile after La Moure County ran a ground there on 12 September 2000. Pete Skoutas


    For more photos and information about USS San Bernardino, 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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