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USS SHREVEPORT

(LPD-12)

NO SHORE TOO DISTANT

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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

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1965 Keel Date: 27 DEC 1965
OCT 1966 Launch Date: 22 OCT 1966
MAR 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 16 MAR 1970 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1970 Commissioned: 12 DEC 1970
FEB 1971 - FEB 1971 Panama Canal
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 8 FEB 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1971 Shellback Initiation - 8 FEB 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1971 - APR 1971 Guantanamo Bay
JUL 1971 - JUL 1971 Mid-Shipman Cruise
DEC 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 8 DEC 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1972 - APR 1972 Caribbean
DEC 1972 - APR 1975 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1973 - OCT 1973 Mediterranean
JUL 1975 - JAN 1976 Mediterranean
AUG 1975 - MAR 1976 Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG 1977 - JAN 1978 Mediterranean
AUG 1978 - NOV 1978 North Atlantic
AUG 1979 - JAN 1980 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
DEC 1979 - FEB 1981 Mediterranean
SEP 1982 - APR 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL 1984 - FEB 1985 Mediterranean
SEP 1987 - MAR 1988 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAY 1989 - NOV 1989 Mediterranean
AUG 1990 - APR 1991 Desert Storm
DEC 1991 - JUN 1992 Mediterranean
AUG 1993 - FEB 1994 Mediterranean
AUG 1993 - FEB 1994 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
OCT 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 14 OCT 1993 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 28 OCT 1993 - Indian Ocean
OCT 1997 - APR 1998 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
DEC 1997 - DEC 1997 Black Sea
SEP 1999 - MAR 2000 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2000 - FEB 2000 Red Sea
SEP 2001 - MAY 2002 Mediterranean
FEB 2004 - SEP 2004 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
JAN 2007 - JUL 2007 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
SEP 2007 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]