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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive
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USS San Bernardino (LST-1189)
International Radio Call Sign:
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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
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
|Campaign and Dates
14 to 17 December 1972
8 to 21 January 1973
5 to 15 February 1973
San Bernardino is the eleventh 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 251-C, 8 cylinder generator sets, 750KW
one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster
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| USS San Bernardino (LST-1189)
||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
||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
||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
||USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) at Hong Kong, 16 February 1992
||USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) underway off San Diego, CA, date unknown.
||Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
||USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) underway off the coast of San Diego, date unknown. US Navy photo.
||Robert M. Cieri
||USS San Bernardino (LST-1189) plaque
| Valdivia (L-93)
||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.
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