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USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Golf - Sierra
NKGS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Op. Restore Hope, Somalia)
Third Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)



USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) was transferred to Malaysia and renamed RMN KD Sri Inderapura(L-1505)
LST-1179 Newport Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 February 1970, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 7 November 1970
  • Commissioned USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), 1 September 1971, CDR. P. R. Royse in command
  • Decommissioned and Struck from the Naval Register, 16 December 1994
  • Sold to Malaysia for $18.7 million, under the Security Assistance Program
  • Renamed RMN KD Sri Inderapura(L-1505)
  • Commissioned into the Malaysian Navy, 31 January 1995
    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 Electro Motive Engines (EMD 645 E-5) diesel engines
    two shafts, three engines per shaft, shaft horsepower 15,000
    two controllable reversible pitch propellers, twin rudders
    Three EMD 12 Cylinder 645 E-2 Generator sets, 1200 KW
    one 800 hp variable thrust bowthruster

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    USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192)
    Spartanburg County 139k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) lowers her ramp onto a causeway to Blue Beach, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, during the NATO Operation Doria Salute IV."
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1974
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Spartanburg County 102k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) undocking, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1974
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Spartanburg County 76k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) and USS Simon Lake (AS-33) with USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642) alongside at Rota, Spain, October 1974 or March 1975, © Richard Leonhardt
    Spartanburg County 50k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) moored with flags flying, circa 1975-78, location unknown. Photo by Jay E Myers Jr. USS Spartanburg County 1975-78
    Spartanburg County 49k View of the helm of USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) on the bridge, circa 1975-78, location unknown. Photo by Jay E Myers Jr. USS Spartanburg County 1975-78
    Spartanburg County 81k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) during beach landing exercises at Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, 1976 Photo by Jay E Myers Jr. USS Spartanburg County 1975-78
    Spartanburg County 50k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), at Barcelona, Spain, 15 February 1979. Note pontoon causeways secured aft, used to unload in shallow areas. USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) is just visible in the background, beyond Spartanburg County's stern. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Spartanburg County 105k Closer view, of photo 6, above. USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), at Barcelona, Spain, 15 February 1979. Note partially open bow doors and vehicles on deck. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Spartanburg County 177k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) underway, 15 April 1985, near Genoa, Italy. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Spartanburg County 170k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) with the U.S. Capital barely visible under her bow, is tied up to the pier at Alexandria, VA., during a visit to the Washington, D.C. area.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1979, by JO2 R Rucker.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Manitowoc 62k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) and USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) at Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 1981. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Manitowoc 69k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) and USS Manitowoc (LST-1180) at Barcelona, Spain, 1 March 1981. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Spartanburg County 52k Port bow view of USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), in company with USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41), background left, and USS Nashville (LPD-13), background, right, participating in "leapfrog" maneuvering drills while en route to NATO exercise NORTHERN WEDDING `86. North Atlantic Ocean, 1 August 1986
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-87-05004, a US Navy photo by PHC Jeff Hilton USN.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Spartanburg County 1363k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) underway, 17 September 1986, during NATO exercise 'NORTHERN WEDDING' 86.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-87-04471 a US Navy photo by PHC Jeff Hilton USN.
    Robert Hurst
    Spartanburg County 126k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), with PhibRon 4 (MARG 2-87) 26th MAU embarked, April 1987, at anchor, Saint Rafael France Photo by Tom LaLumiere
    former Sgt USMC
    Spartanburg County 137k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) with PhibRon 4 (MARG 2-87) 26th MAU embarked at anchor off Sardinia, preparing to "back-load" equipment after amphibious exercises, March 1987 Photo by Tom LaLumiere former Sgt USMC
    Spartanburg County 57k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), main deck, October 1987 during port visit to Washington, D.C. Note the "wind-tunnel" through the superstructure allowing vehicles to traverse to fore and aft of the superstructure. Photo by Tom LaLumiere
    former Sgt USMC
    Spartanburg County 58k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), mess decks, in port. At sea, LST's rock so heavily that anything not nailed to the tables would slide right off. Photo by Tom LaLumiere
    former Sgt USMC
    Spartanburg County 38k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), vehicle stowage well, looking forward from about amidships. Photo by Tom LaLumiere
    former Sgt USMC
    Spartanburg County 67k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) during Exercise Sardinia-87, in the Gulf of Teulada, Sardinia, March 1987. Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    Newport 67k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192 and USS Newport (1179) moored at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Spartanburg County 636k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 8 March 1987. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Spartanburg County 81k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) underway, date and location unknown. Manolo Budiņo
    Spartanburg County 65k Looking aft towards USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192)'s fantail while underway in 1989. Photo by Ward Creech SK2 USN USS Spartanburg County 1988-91
    Spartanburg County 81k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) entering the harbor at NAB Little Creek after returning from a Mediterranean deployment in June 1989. Ward Creech SK2 USN USS Spartanburg County 1988-91
    Spartanburg County 101k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) moored pierside in 1989 at NAB Little Creek with units of the Atlantic Amphibious Force. Photo by Ward Creech SK2 USN USS Spartanburg County 1988-91
    Spartanburg County 1499k USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) crew members man the rails as the ship returns to her homeport of Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA., 1 April 1991, following deployment in the Persian Gulf area during Operation Desert Storm.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-91-09775 a US Navy photo by PH3 Tuemler.
    Robert Hurst
    Spartanburg County 379k Cover for USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) Decommissioning Ceremony, 14 December 1994. Richard F. Hoffner, Sr.
    RMN KD Sri Inderapura (L-1505)
    Spartanburg County 623k Commissioning program cover for commissioning of RMN KD Sri Inderapura(L-1505) (ex-USS Spartanburg County (LST 1192) at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA., 31 January 1995. Richard F. Hoffner, Sr
    Spartanburg County 75k Ex-USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192) (center) in company with a task force of Royal Malaysian Ships (from top to bottom) Lekiu; Marikh; RMN KD Sri Inderapura (L-1505) (ex-USS Spartanburg County (LST 1192); Perantau; and Lebat), steam in the Malacca Strait region on a recent exercise.), date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 2004
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Spartanburg County 103k RMN KD Sri Inderapura (L-1505) burns from two separate fires, 8 and 9 October 2009 while she was under repair at the Malaysian navy base at Lumut.
    Photos from "The Star online"
    Mike Hibbard
    Spartanburg County 15k
    Spartanburg County 18k
    Spartanburg County 92k RMN KD Sri Inderapura (L-1505) after settling on the bottom is still smoldering four days after the fires of October 8th and 9th.
    Photos from "The Star online"
    Mike Hibbard
    Spartanburg County 84k
    Spartanburg County 64k


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    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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