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USS Bristol County (LST-1198)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Quebec - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bottom Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (3) - National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal

USS Bristol County (LST-1198) was sold to Morocco and renamed BDC Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah (BSL-407)
LST-1179 Newport Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 February 1971, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp, San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 4 December 1971
  • Commissioned USS Bristol County (LST-1198), 5 August 1972, CDR. Donald L. Waggoner in command
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 29 July 1994
  • Transferred, cash sale, 16 August 1994, to Morocco renamed BDC Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah (BSL-407)
    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.
    14 Officers
    15 CPO
    226 Other Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    18 Officers
    21 SNCO
    268 Other Enlisted
    three 36' LCVPs
    one 36' LCPL
    flight deck one spot
    As Built
    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 Bristol County (LST-1198)
    Bristol County 52k USS Bristol County (LST-1198) at Sydney Australia with the Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge in the background, 1974. Lester "Lee" Dronick QMCS (SW) USN Ret
    Bristol County 70k USS Bristol County (LST-1198) at Broadway pier, San Diego, CA., 10 October 1984. Photo by Scott Miller
    Bristol County 100k USS Bristol County (LST-1198) at Broadway pier, San Diego, CA., 10 October 1984. Photo by Scott Miller
    Bristol County 70k View of USS Bristol County (LST-1198)'s stern gate while moored at Broadway pier, San Diego, CA., 10 October 1984. Photo by Scott Miller
    Bristol County 1881k USS Bristol County (LST-1198) underway off the coast of southern California, 13 November 1986.
    Defense Imagery photo # DN-SC-90-01617 a US Navy photo by PH3 Petty.
    Robert Hurst
    Bristol County 57k USS Bristol County (LST-1198) moored at Pier 10 Naval Station San Diego, summer 1987. Photo by Scott Miller
    BDC Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah (BSL-407)
    Bristol County 54k Ex-USS Bristol County (LST-1198) in the service of Morocco as BDC Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah (BSL-407), moored pierside at Casablanca, Morocco, date unknown. Derick S. Hartshorn

    USS Bristol County (LST-1198)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Waggoner, Donald Lee5 August 1972 - 25 July 1973
    02CDR. O'Connell, Jerome Arthur25 July 1973 - 18 April 1975
    03CDR. Given, Philip Roberts18 April 1975 - 10 July 1977
    04CDR. McManis, Robert Bruce10 July 1977 - 21 April 1979
    05CDR. Brown, Carroll Dean 21 April 1979 - 4 April 1981
    06CDR. Weegar, Carl Allen4 April 1981 - 11 June 1983
    07CDR. Fitzgibbons, Thomas Arthur11 June 1983 - 28 June 1986
    08CDR. Brewer III, David Lawrence :VADM28 June 1986 - 9 September 1988
    09CDR. Treeman, Michael Wade9 September 1988 - 6 September 1990
    10CDR. Alsbrooks, Ronald Lee6 September 1990 - 12 September 1992
    11CDR. Massey, Robert Clyde12 September 1992 - 9 July 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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