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USS 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

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1963 Keel Date: 18 DEC 1963
AUG 1965 Launch Date: 14 AUG 1965
DEC 1965 Commissioned: 18 DEC 1965
APR 1967 - NOV 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 10 MAY 1967 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1968 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - DEC 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1969 - JAN 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1969 - NOV 1969 Regular Overhaul
NOV 1969 - NOV 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1970 - NOV 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1970 - SEP 1970 West Pac
JAN 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JAN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 19 JUL 1971 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1971 - AUG 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 9 FEB 1972 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 6 MAR 1972 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1972 - MAY 1972 Operation Song Thanh- 24 May 72
JUN 1973 - DEC 1974 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1975 - MAY 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
APR 1975 - MAY 1975 Operation Frequent Wind
SEP 1977 - APR 1978 West Pac
JUL 1979 - FEB 1980 West Pac
OCT 1979 - Shellback Initiation - 12 OCT 1979 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 20 DEC 1981 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1983 - NOV 1983 WES PAC and contigency operations Beriut Lebanon
MAY 1983 - NOV 1983 West Pac and Contingency Operations - Beruit Lebanon
AUG 1983 - Shellback Initiation - 28 AUG 1983 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1984 - MAY 1985 West Pac
JUN 1987 - DEC 1987 West Pac
AUG 1987 - Shellback Initiation - 17 AUG 1987 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1989 - JAN 1990 West Pac
APR 1989 Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1989 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1989 - Shellback Initiation - 20 APR 1989 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 Desert Storm
JAN 1992 - JUN 1992 West Pac
FEB 1994 - Shellback Initiation - 24 FEB 1994 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1996 - AUG 1996 West Pac - Indian Ocean - Operation Return Ox
JUL 1998 - DEC 1998 West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 2000 - FEB 2001 West Pac
DEC 2004 - JUN 2005 West Pac
OCT 2005 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