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The USS RALEIGH (LPD-1), a Raleigh class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 8 SEP 1962. USS RALEIGH served her country for 29 years, 3 months and 5 days, until decommissioned on 13 DEC 1991. After fit out, USS RALEIGH sailed to Guantanamo Bay for shake down training. A return to the ship yard for a piping retro-fit interrupted the Guantanamo Bay training, however she return to Guantanamo Bay and completed REFTRA in April 1963. As the first of a new class of "Landing Platform Dock Ships", she had the designed capability to support helicopter borne troop and cargo deployment. In July 1963, RALEIGH, home ported in Norfolk, began her assigned duties, deploying to the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and on in to the Indian Ocean, as needed. Her service career ended with her decommissioning in December 1991. USS RALEIGH was sunk in a Fleet exercise in December 1994.

The USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-1 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1960 - Keel Date: 23 JUN 1960
at New York Naval Shipyard
MAR 1962 - Launch Date: 17 MAR 1962
SEP 1962 - Commissioned: 8 SEP 1962
SEP 1964 - NOV 1964 Operation STEELPIKE I Huelva Spain
OCT 1964 - NOV 1964 North Atlantic
APR 1965 - JUN 1965 Dominican Republic Intervention Santo Domingo DR
APR 1965 - JUN 1965 Caribbean
SEP 1965 - OCT 1965 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP 1965 - NOV 1965 Operation BARFROST -NATO Norway
AUG 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 26 AUG 1967 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1967 - MAR 1968 Caribbean
SEP 1968 - OCT 1968 Panama Canal
JUN 1969 - OCT 1969 Dry Dock
JUN 1969 - JUL 1969 North Atlantic
JUL 1970 - DEC 1970 Mediterranean
JAN 1972 - JAN 1972 North Atlantic
FEB 1972 - AUG 1972 Mediterranean
NOV 1973 - JUN 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1976 - AUG 1976 Mediterranean
SEP 1976 - NOV 1976 North Atlantic
MAR 1977 - JUN 1977 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1977 - MAR 1978 Mediterranean
SEP 1978 - NOV 1978 North Atlantic
JUL 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 22 JUL 1980 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1981 - FEB 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
JAN 1983 - DEC 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1983 - JUN 1983 North Atlantic
JAN 1983 - JUN 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAR 1983 - SEP 1983 Mediterranean
OCT 1983 - DEC 1983 Caribbean
JAN 1984 - APR 1984 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP 1986 - MAR 1987 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT 1986 - DEC 1986 Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAY 1987 - NOV 1987 Operation Ernest Will
MAY 1987 - NOV 1987 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 1988 - MAR 1989 pursian Gulf
AUG 1990 - MAY 1991 Desert Shield
SEP 1990 - MAY 1991 Desert Storm/Shield
SEP 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
JUN 1991 - AUG 1991 Boston/Halifax Nova Scotia
DEC 1991 - Decommissioned: 13 DEC 1991

LPD-1 General Specifications

Class: Raleigh-class amphibious transport dock

Named for: Raleigh

Complement: 490 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 13600 tons

Length: 522 feet

Beam: 100 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Disposed of as a target 4 December 1994


The fourth Raleigh (LPD-1) an amphibious transport dock was laid down by the New York Naval Shipyard Brooklyn N.Y. 23 June 1960; launched 17 March 1962; sponsored bv Mrs. Terrv Sanford wife of the Governor of North Carofma; and commissioned 8 September 1962 Capt. A. W. Whitney in command.

After fitting out through mid-December Raleigh steamed to to Norfolk VA. for the holiday season. Im January 1963 she steamed for shakedown to Guantanamo Bay Cuba but returned to the building yard in late February for correction of design defeficiencies in her aviation gasoline system. Returning to Guantanamo in April she completed shakedown then assisted Commander Amphibious Force Atlantic in hosting the Navy League national convention in San Juan P.R.

Returning to Norfolk 1 June Raleigh completed a week's amphibious training at Little Creek and then deployed to the Caribbean in July with Amphibious Squadron 8. Raleigh proved herself during this dedlovment by simultaneously landing troops and equipment by means of boats and amphibious vehicles from her well and by helicopters from her flight deck. During th is cruise she made one trip to Haiti as tension there rose.

Raleigh returned to Norfolk 1 October and then underwent post-shakedown availability at New York 7 January 1964 through 13 March. During the spring she conducted amphibious training operations off Onslow Beach N.C. Steaming for Europe 12 October Raleigh arrived off the coast of Spain and took part in Operation "Steel Pike." She then called at Oporto, Portugal, and Vigo, Spain before returning to Norfolk 27, November. After a yard period at the U.S. Naval Shipyard Portsmouth Va. she deployed to the Caribbean 1 April 1965 with the Amphibious Ready Squadron. From 25 April through 6 June she operated off the Dominican Republic evacuating 558 refugees who were later transferred to Yancey (LKA-93) for transit to San Juan. For her part in the endeavor Raleigh and her crew received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. She returned to Norfolk 29 June.

After upkeep and coastal training operations Raleigh steamed for northern Europe 27 August to participate in "Bar Frost 65 " a NATO amphibious exercise featuring a landing in Norway's fjords north of the Arctic Circle. Returning to Norfolk 23 October she underwent a yard period through 4 April 1966 and then steamed for refresher training at Guantanamo Bay.

Raleigh's deployments to the Caribbean from Norfolk as a unit of the Amphibious Ready Squadron averaged two per year up until 1970. In July of that year she began the first of a series of Mediterranean cruises and has averaged one a year into 1974.

[Note: The above USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]