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NavSource Online: Amphibious Photo Archive

Ships patch at left contributed by Bob Martin SFP2 (61-63) Plank Owner, at right by Mike Smolinski

APA-LPA-249 Francis Marion

USS Francis Marion (LPA-249) was transferred to Spain and renamed Aragón (L-22)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

Paul Revere Class Amphibious Transport:
  • Laid down as Prairie Mariner, a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1A) hull, under a Maritime Administration contract, at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 13 February 1954
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 25 May 1954
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 6 January 1955
  • Acquired by the Navy, 16 March 1959
  • Commissioned USS Francis Marion (APA-249), 6 July 1961, CAPT. David S. Bill, Jr. in command
  • Redesignated Amphibious Transport (LPA-249), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1980
  • Sold to Spain, 11 July 1980, under the Security Assistance Program, renamed Aragón (L-22)
  • Decommissioned by the Spanish Navy in 2000
  • Final Disposition, as of 2002 in use as a training hulk by UOE ("Unidad de Operaciones Especiales", Special Operations Unit) at La Carraca, Cádiz
    Displacement 16,828 t (fl)
    Length 563' 6"
    Beam 76'
    Draft 27'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 414
    Troop Accommodations 1500
    Armament 4 3"/50 guns
    Propulsion two B&W WT boilers, 620 PSI WP, geared turbine powered, 19,250 HP
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    USS Francis Marion (APA-249)
    Francis Marion 34k Francis Marion (APA-249), date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Francis Marion 70k Francis Marion (APA-249), date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Bob Martin
    USS Francis Marion web site
    Aragón (L-22)
    Francis Marion 92k ex Francis Marion (APA-249), seen here in Spanish service as Aragón (L-22), Cadiz, 1984 Photo by Ignacio Lopez
    ex member Armada Espanola

    View the Francis Marion (APA/LPA-249)
    DANFS history entry located on the Navsource web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
    Fleet Reserve Association

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