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U.S.S. FRANCIS MARION

(APA-249)

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The USS FRANCIS MARION (APA-249), a Paul Revere-class attack transport, was commissioned on 6 JUL 1961. Originally built by the by New York Shipbuilding Corp. of Camden, New Jersey as the Prairie Mariner. Prairie Mariner was operated by the Maritime Administration from 25 MAY 1954 to 6 FEB 1955, then placed in reserve. The US Navy acquired her on 16 MAR 1959 and sent Prairie Mariner to the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland for conversion to USS FRANCIS MARION (APA-249). After commissioning FRANCIS MARION was homeported in Norfolk, Virginia and began the life cycle of an Atlantic Fleet "Amphib"; deployments to the Caribbean, North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. USS FRANCIS MARION participated in the recovery of Apollo 8. FRANCIS MARION was designated a Reserve Training ship during the last four years of her service career. USS FRANCIS MARION served her country for 18 years, 2 months and 8 days, until decommissioned on 14 SEP 1979. In July 1980 FRANCIS MARION was sold to Spain where she served until 2000.

The USS FRANCIS MARION (APA-249) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

APA-249 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
SEP 1961 - SEP 1961 Clean up after hurricane Carla in Galveston 1961
OCT 1962 - DEC 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
MAR 1963 - OCT 1963 Mediterranean
MAY 1963 - OCT 1963 Mediterranean
FEB 1965 - AUG 1965 Mediterranean
FEB 1965 - AUG 1965 Mediterranean
FEB 1965 - AUG 1965 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
APR 1967 - NOV 1967 Panama Canal
DEC 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 27 DEC 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1968 Shellback Initiation - 25 DEC 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 25 DEC 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1968 - JAN 1969 Apollo 8 (secondary recovery)
JUL 1969 - DEC 1969 Mediterranean
JUL 1970 - DEC 1970 Mediterranean
OCT 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 5 OCT 1974 - Atlantic Ocean
MAY 1977 - OCT 1977 North Atlantic
SEP 1978 - NOV 1978 North Atlantic
MAR 1979 - SEP 1979 Decommisioning

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