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USS NEW ORLEANS

(LPH-11)

Never More Brightly

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The USS New Orleans (LPH-11) keel was was laid on 1 March 1966 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was launched on February 3, 1968 and commissioned on November 16, 1968 with Captain G.M. Even in command.

LPH-11 was the third US Navy ship to be named USS New Orleans. The first New Oleans was a Light Cruiser commissioned in 1898 for use in the Spanish American War. The scond New Orleans was a Heavy Cruiser (CA-32) commissioned in 1934 and fought extensively in the Pacific in World War II.

After acceptance by the US Navy, USS New Orleans deployent to the Far East - Viet Nam area of operations in August 1969 to March 1970. Then in August 1970 she was supported President Richard Nixon's visit to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. New Orleans next recovered Apollo 14, with astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell on February 9, 1971.

USS New Orleans next deployed to South East Asia in May 1971 - November 1971. Followed by a maintenance and upkeep period, New Orleans made her third West Pac in July 1972 which included disaster relief efforts in the Philippine flood relief operations.

In 1973 New Orleans was designated as the control ship for Operation End Sweep - the removal of mines in North Vietnamese waters.

New Orleans routinely deployed to the Western Pacific, conducted training and underwent maintenance over the balance of her career. She was involved in the Space Craft recovery, was in the Indian Ocean during the Iranian Hostage Crisis and supported President Reagans visit to Bali, Indonesia. In January 1990 USS New Orleans deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of of Operation Desert Storm and Desert.

USS New Orleans portrayed her sister ship, USS Iwo Jima in the film Apollo 13.

Decommissioned on 31 October 1997 and laid up at NISMF Suisun Bay, CA. New Orleans hulk was sunk, near Hawaii, on July 10, 2010 by multiple Missle and Laser Guided Bombs dropped by B-52s.

The USS New Orleans (LPH-11) operational history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPH-11 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LPH-11 Shellback Initiation Add a LPH-11 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1966 Keel Date: 1 MAR 1966
at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
FEB 1968 Launch Date: 3 FEB 1968
NOV 1968 Commissioned: 16 NOV 1968
MAY 1969 - SEP 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1969 - MAR 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - SEP 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1970 - JAN 1972 Caribbean
JUN 1970 - FEB 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1971 - FEB 1971 Apollo 14 Spacecraft Recovery
JAN 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1971 - NOV 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1971 - JUN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1971 - JUN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1972 - JAN 1975 West Pac
OCT 1972 - MAR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 21 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1973 - SEP 1973 Spacecraft Recovery
JAN 1974 - FEB 1974 Spacecraft recovery
MAR 1974 - DEC 1974 West Pac
JUN 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 2 JUN 1974 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1975 - JUL 1975 Spacecraft Recovery
JUL 1975 - MAR 1976 West Pac
MAY 1977 - AUG 1977 West Pac
JUN 1977 - JUL 1977 Middle Pacific
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUL 1977 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1978 - OCT 1978 West Pac
OCT 1978 - OCT 1978 Nicaragua Central America Pacific 1978
MAR 1980 - NOV 1980 West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 15 SEP 1980 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 2 SEP 1980 - Indian Ocean
SEP 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 2 SEP 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1981 - JAN 1981 Tiger cruise
FEB 1981 - DEC 1981 Dry Dock
JUN 1984 - DEC 1984 West Pac
JUL 1984 - Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1984 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1985 - DEC 1985 operation cobra gold medical operation assisting thailand
JAN 1986 - JUN 1986 West Pac
JUN 1988 - DEC 1988 West Pac-Indian Ocean
AUG 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1988 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1988 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1988 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1990 - JAN 1993 Somalia
DEC 1990 - AUG 1991 Desert Storm
JUN 1991 - JAN 1993 Somalia
AUG 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 2 AUG 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP 1993 - MAR 1994 West Pac-Indian Ocean
OCT 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 11 OCT 1993 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1995 - DEC 1995 West Pac
NOV 1995 - Shellback Initiation - 10 NOV 1995 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1997 - MAY 1997 West Pac
APR 1997 - Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1997 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1997 Decommissioned: 31 OCT 1997

LPH-11 General Specifications

Class: Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship

Complement: 80 Officers and 638 Enlisted

Displacement: 19431 tons

Length: 598 feet

Beam: 84 feet

Draft: 30feet

Final Disposition: Sunk on 10 July 2010 as a target ship during RIMPAC 2010



USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH-11)



The third New Orleans was laid down 1 March 1966 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard P hiladelphia Pa.; launched 3 February 1968 sponsored by Mrs. Arthur A. de la Houssaye and commissioned 16 November 1968 Captain G. M. Even in command.

[Note: The above USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH-11) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS NEW ORLEANS (LPH-11) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]