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U.S.S. DULUTH

(LPD-6)

FORTITER IN RE
(BOLD IN ACTION)

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The USS DULUTH (LPD-6), an Austin class amphibious transport dock, was commissioned on 18 DEC 1965. USS DULUTH was the third, and last, of the "Austins" built at the New York Naval shipyard in Brooklyn, NY. After commissioning she steamed for her new hompeport of San Diego and then on to the Western Pacific and Vietnamese waters. DULUTH deployed five time to Vietnam, the last, assisting with Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon. A sample of latter deployments: Beruit, Lebanon during their Civil War in 1983, assisting with the Exxon Valdez Oil spill in 1989, the evacuation of Somalia in 1994. Whether tasked with a routine or contingency operation, USS DULUTH performed per her motto, "Fortiter In Re (Bold in Action)". USS DULUTH served her country for 39 years, 9 months and 25 days, until decommissioned on 13 OCT 2005. After decommissioning DULUTH was assigned to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility - Pearl Harbor.

The USS DULUTH (LPD-6) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPD-6 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LPD-6 Shellback Initiation Add a LPD-6 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC1963-Keel Date: 18 DEC 1963
AUG1965-Launch Date: 14 AUG 1965
DEC1965-Commissioned: 18 DEC 1965
APR1967-NOV1967West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1967-Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1967 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1967- Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1967 - Pacific Ocean
SEP1968-MAR1970West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1968-DEC1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1969-DEC1970West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1969-AUG1969West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1969-NOV1969Regular Overhaul
NOV1969-NOV1970West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1970-NOV1971West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1970-SEP1970West Pac
JAN1971-Shellback Initiation - 2 JAN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1971-APR1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1971-Shellback Initiation - 19 JUL 1971 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1971-MAR1972West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT1971-AUG1972West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB1972-Shellback Initiation - 9 FEB 1972 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1972-Shellback Initiation - 6 MAR 1972 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1972-MAY1972Operation Song Thanh- 24 May 72
NOV1972- Shellback Initiation - 20 NOV 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1973-DEC1974West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1973-JAN1974West Pac
APR1975-MAY1975Operation Frequent Wind
APR1975-MAY1975West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1976-JAN1977West Pac
SEP1977-APR1978West Pac
JUL1979-FEB1980West Pac
OCT1979-Shellback Initiation - 12 OCT 1979 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1981-MAY1982West Pac
DEC1981- Shellback Initiation - 20 DEC 1981 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1981-Shellback Initiation - 20 DEC 1981 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1983-NOV1983West Pac and Contingency Operations - Beruit Lebanon
MAY1983-OCT1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY1983-NOV1983WES PAC and contigency operations Beriut Lebanon
AUG1983-Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1983 - Pacific Ocean
AUG1983- Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1983 - Pacific Ocean
NOV1984-MAY1985West Pac
JUN1987-DEC1987West Pac
AUG1987-Shellback Initiation - 17 AUG 1987 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1989-JAN1990West Pac
APR1989-Shellback Initiation - 20 APR 1989 - Pacific Ocean
APR1989-Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1989 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1991-JUL1991Desert Storm
JAN1992-JUN1992West Pac
FEB1994-Shellback Initiation - 24 FEB 1994 - Pacific Ocean
APR1996-AUG1996West Pac - Indian Ocean - Operation Return Ox
JUL1998-DEC1998West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG2000-Shellback Initiation - 29 AUG 2000 - Pacific Ocean
AUG2000-FEB2001West Pac
FEB2003-JUL2003West Pac-Indian Ocean
DEC2004-JUN2005West Pac
OCT2005-Decommissioned: 13 OCT 2005

LPD-6 General Specifications

Class: Austin class amphibious transport dock

Named for: Duluth

Complement: 101 Officers and 1337 Enlisted

Displacement: 9079 tons

Length: 567 feet

Beam: 108 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Stricken to be disposed of retain as logistics support asset