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U.S.S. SHREVEPORT

(LPD-12)

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The USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12), an Austin class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 12 DEC 1970. USS SHREVEPORT was built at Lockheed Shipbuilding at Seattle, Washington and after fit out and shake down steamed for her new homeport of Norfolk, VA, arriving in February 1971. After REFTRA in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, SHREVEPORT her first of many Atlantic crossings in June 1971. Over the next twenty six years SHREVEPORT deployed as any Atlantic "Gator Freighter" would; GITMO for REFTRA after overhauls and the cycle of maintenance availability, amphibious ready training in preparation for the "Med", the North Atlantic, the "IO". USS SHREVEPORT served her country for 36 years, 9 months and 14 days, until decommissioned on 26 SEP 2007. SHREVEPORT is laid up at Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Phila., PA.

The USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-12 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LPD-12 Shellback Initiation Add a LPD-12 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC1965-Keel Date: 27 DEC 1965
OCT1966-Launch Date: 22 OCT 1966
MAR1970-Shellback Initiation - 16 MAR 1970 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1970-Commissioned: 12 DEC 1970
FEB1971- Shellback Initiation - 8 FEB 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1971-Shellback Initiation - 8 FEB 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB1971-FEB1971Panama Canal
MAR1971-APR1971Guantanamo Bay
JUL1971-JUL1971Mid-Shipman Cruise
DEC1971-Shellback Initiation - 28 DEC 1971 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1971-Shellback Initiation - 8 DEC 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1972-APR1972Caribbean
JUN1972-AUG1972NATRON Midshipman Cruise
DEC1972-APR1975Guantanamo Bay
JAN1973-OCT1973Mediterranean
JUL1975-JAN1976Mediterranean
JUL1975-JAN1976Mediterranean
JUL1975-JAN1976Mediterranean
AUG1975-MAR1976Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1976-JUN1976North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
AUG1977-JAN1978Mediterranean
AUG1978-NOV1978North Atlantic
AUG1979-JAN1980North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
DEC1979-FEB1981Mediterranean
JAN1982-APR1982North Atlantic
SEP1982-APR1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
NOV1982-APR1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUN1984-FEB1985Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL1984-FEB1985Mediterranean
AUG1984-OCT1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1984-OCT1984Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP1987-MAR1988North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JAN1988-DEC1994Desert Storm
APR1989-APR1989FLEET EX 3-89
APR1989-APR1989Caribbean
MAY1989-NOV1989Mediterranean
AUG1990-APR1994Desert Storm
AUG1990-APR1991Desert Storm
DEC1991-JUN1992Mediterranean
JAN1992-JAN1995Grenada
AUG1993-FEB1994Somalia
AUG1993-FEB1994North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
AUG1993-FEB1994Mediterranean
OCT1993-Shellback Initiation - 28 OCT 1993 - Indian Ocean
OCT1993-Shellback Initiation - 14 OCT 1993 - Indian Ocean
JAN1995-FEB1995North Sea - NATO Exercise in Norway
AUG1995-FEB1996Mediterranean
JAN1996-JAN2000Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1997-APR1998Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC1997-DEC1997Black Sea
SEP1999-MAR2000Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2000-FEB2000Red Sea
SEP2001-MAY2002Mediterranean
FEB2004-SEP2004Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN2007-JUL2007Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP2007-Decommissioned: 26 SEP 2007

LPD-12 General Specifications

Class: Austin class amphibious transport dock

Named for: Shreveport

Complement: 58 Officers and 502 Enlisted

Displacement: 9195 tons

Length: 567 feet

Beam: 100 feet

Flank Speed: 21 knots



USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12)



Shreveport (LPD-12) was laid down on 27 December 1965 by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co. Seattle Wash.; launched on 22 October 1966 sponsored by Mrs. Andrew McBurney Jackson Jr. and commissioned on 12 December 1970 Capt. Peter H. Pehrsson in command.

On 22 January 1971 Shreveport departed Puget Sound for her home port Little Creek Va. where she arrived on 21 February. Between 9 March and 9 April 1971 the amphibious transport dock underwent shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay Cuba and from 16 June to 4 August she carried 375 midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy on a training cruise to Northern Europe. After post shakedown repairs from 6 October to 24 November 1971 she sailed for the Caribbean where she participated in landing exercises during the first part of 1972. On the 12th of June the ship again sailed on a midshipman training cruise to Northern Europe visiting the Azores; Aalborg Denmark; Portsmouth England; and Le Havre France before returning to Norfolk on 3 August. During the rest of 1972 Shreveport conducted amphibious training exercises off the coasts of Virginia North Carolina and Florida.

Shreveport with Amphibious Squadron 2 departed Norfolk on 4 January 1973 for her first tour of duty with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean. The squadron stopped at Morehead City N.C. and embarked elements of the 6th Marines (BLT 1/6) before it proceeded to Rota Spain where it was assigned to CTF 61. The task force departed Rota on the 16th called at Cannes France on the 18th and was underway for Monte Romano Italy on the 22d. During her six-month deployment Shreveport also visited ports in Italy Greece Crete and Turkey before returning to Morehead City on 2 July. The marines were offloaded and the ship continued to Norfolk that afternoon.

Shreveport operated in the Norfolk area until February 1974 when she sailed with PhibRon 2 for operations in the Caribbean. She returned to her home port on 19 March. The ship made another trip south to the Canal Zone area that lasted from 18 April to 4 June. On 24 June Shreveport sailed for Rotterdam and another deployment with the 6th Fleet where she serves into July 1974.

[Note: The above USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]