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USS Fairfax County (LST-1193)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Delta - November
NZDN
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 (2) - Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (2-Lebanon, 1-Sharp Edge) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Humanitarian Services Medal - Coast Guard Special Operations Service Ribbon - Sea Service Ribbon (5)



USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) was transferred to Australia and renamed HMAS Manoora (LPA-52)
LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 March 1970, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 19 December 1970
  • Commissioned USS Fairfax County (LST-1193), 16 October 1971, CDR. John F. Neese in command
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 17 August 1994
  • Sold to Australia under the Security Assistance Program, 27 September 1994, renamed HMAS Manoora (LPA-52)
    Fairfax County was the fifteenth 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
  • HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) was decommissioned by the Royal Australian Navy, 26 May 2011
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    Fairfax County 98k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) and an unidentified LPH, date and place unknown. Note causeways loaded on both port and starboard sides aft of superstructure, vehicles on deck and LPH in background. Donald J Holland SKC USN Ret
    plank owner and crew member
    October 1971 to September 1973
    Fairfax County 63k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) underway in 1975. Photo by Charlie Nelson BT3 USS Shreveport (LPD-12) Larry Schultz USS Fairfax County
    Fairfax County 77k
    Fairfax County 61k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) at Barcelona, Spain, 26 November 1978. Note a pair of SATCOM antennas on the superstructure, port twin 3"/50 gun mount and amidships davits for four LCVPs (two on each side). Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Fairfax County 51k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) at Barcelona, Spain, 26 November 1978. This view shows the ship's stern gate, slightly offset to port, with an anchor (used to help retract the ship off beach areas) on the starboard side. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Fairfax County 91k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) at Barcelona, Spain, 12 December 1978. This view of the bow section shows details of the derrick arms, bow doors and superstructure, with a passage to permit vehicles to shift between the forward and aft decks. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Fairfax County 62k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) at Barcelona, Spain, 28 December 1978. This view shows stern ramp almost totally lowered. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Fairfax County 874k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) moored pierside at Marseille, France, date unknown. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Fairfax County 139k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1980.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    CV-59 Forrestal 131k USS Forrestal (CV-59) and Battle Group, 28 April 1989, en route to New York City for Fleet Week '89. Ships accompanying Forrestal can be identified as (clockwise from extreme left): USS McCloy (FF-1038), USS Fairfax County (LST-1193), USS Klakring (FFG-42), USS W.S. Sims (FF-1059) or USS Pharris (FF-1094), USS Ticonderoga (CG-47), USS Hayler (DD-997), W.S. Sims or Pharris, and USS Macdonough (DDG-39). Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal Association historian
    Fairfax County 76k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) at Barcelona, Spain, 1 June 1992 Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola
    Fairfax County 89k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) approaching a berth in Frederiksted, Saint Croix, US Virgin Islands, 1 May 1993, while participating in the joint service exercise Ocean Venture '93.
    DVIC photo # DF-ST-93-05164 by SGT. Mike Reinhardt, USAF, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Fairfax County 1546k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) underway during the joint service exercise "Ocean Venture '93".
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-ST-93-05136, a US Navy photo by PH3 J. Bush, now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Fairfax County 64k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) swings around in the Potomac River, at Alexandria, VA. before docking for a port visit, 1 July 1994. The ship was making a visit to its namesake, Fairfax County, before being transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in September 1994.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-95-00116 by Don S. Montgomery, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center
    Bill Gonyo
    Fairfax County 66k USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) and USS Saginaw (LST-1188) at NAB Little Creek, VA. in September 1994. HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) web site
    HMAS Manoora (LPA-52)
    Fairfax County 11k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) Ship's Crest Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    Fairfax County 43k Ex-Fairfax County (LST-1193) in Australian service as HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) in Sydney Harbour, date unknown. Australian Navy web site
    Fairfax County 76k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Australian Navy web site
    Fairfax County 86k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) underway, date and location unknown. Australian Navy web site
    Fairfax County 40k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) at anchor off Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 10 February 2003, while serving as Flagship for the Royal Hobart Regatta. Glenn Towler
    Fairfax County 95k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) moored pierside during a port visit at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 6 November 2005. Glenn Towler
    Fairfax County 78k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) moored pierside during a port visit at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 6 November 2005. Glenn Towler
    Fairfax County 84k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) moored pierside during a port visit at Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 6 November 2005. Glenn Towler
    Fairfax County 8k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) out bound to sea from Pearl Harbor, HI., 6 July 2006, to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Conducted in the waters off Hawaii, RIMPAC brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
    US Navy photo by MC2 Rebecca J. Moat.
    Robert Hurst
    Fairfax County 484k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) anchored in Sydney Harbor off one of the islands of Fort Jackson, 13 March 2009. Photo by Glenn Towler
    Fairfax County 788k HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) anchored in Sydney Harbor off one of the islands of Fort Jackson, 13 March 2009. Photo by Glenn Towler
    Fairfax County 219k Ex-HMAS Manoora (LPA-52) being cut up for scrap at New Orleans, LA., 6 February 2014. Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    Fairfax County 224k
    Fairfax County 244k


    For more photos and information about USS Fairfax County, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • The USS LST Ship Memorial
  • 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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