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U.S.S. NEW ORLEANS

(LPH-11)

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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
MAR1966-Keel Date: 1 MAR 1966
at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
FEB1968-Launch Date: 3 FEB 1968
NOV1968-Commissioned: 16 NOV 1968
MAY1969-SEP1970West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG1969-MAR1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1970-SEP1970West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1970-JAN1972Caribbean
JUN1970-FEB1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971- Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1971-NOV1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1971-Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1971-FEB1971Apollo 14 Spacecraft Recovery
JAN1971- Shellback Initiation - 13 JAN 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAY1971-JUN1971West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY1971-OCT1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1971-JUN1971West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1972-JAN1975West Pac
OCT1972-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN1973- Shellback Initiation - 21 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1973-Shellback Initiation - 21 JAN 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1973-JAN1974West Pac
SEP1973-SEP1973Spacecraft Recovery
JAN1974-JAN1976Middle Pacific
JAN1974-APR1975West Pac
JAN1974-FEB1974Spacecraft recovery
JAN1974-Shellback Initiation - 21 JAN 1974 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1974-DEC1974West Pac
JUN1974-Shellback Initiation - 2 JUN 1974 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1975-JUL1975Middle Pacific
APR1975-JUL1976West Pac-Viet Nam
APR1975-JUL1976West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN1975-JUL1975Spacecraft Recovery
JUL1975-MAR1976West Pac
JAN1976-AUG1976West Pac
MAY1977-AUG1977West Pac
JUN1977-JUL1977Middle Pacific
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 25 JUL 1977 - Indian Ocean
JUL1977-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1977 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1978-OCT1978West Pac
JUN1978-OCT1978West Pac
OCT1978-OCT1978Nicaragua Central America Pacific 1978
MAR1980-NOV1980West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1980-Shellback Initiation - 2 SEP 1980 - Indian Ocean
SEP1980-Shellback Initiation - 15 SEP 1980 - Indian Ocean
JAN1981-JAN1981Tiger cruise
FEB1981-DEC1981Dry Dock
JAN1983-JUL1983West Pac
APR1983-Shellback Initiation - 20 APR 1983 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1984-DEC1984West Pac
JUL1984-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1984 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1985-DEC1985operation cobra gold medical operation assisting thailand
JAN1986-JUN1986West Pac
MAR1986-APR1986Operation Bear Hunt Philapines
APR1986-Shellback Initiation - 25 APR 1986 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1988-DEC1988West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN1988-DEC1988West Pac
AUG1988-Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1988 - Indian Ocean
AUG1988-Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1988 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1990-NOV1991Desert Shield
JAN1990-JAN1993Somalia
DEC1990-AUG1991Desert Storm
JAN1991-JAN1993Somalia
JUN1991-JAN1993Somalia
AUG1991-Shellback Initiation - 2 AUG 1991 - Atlantic Ocean
SEP1993-MAR1994West Pac-Indian Ocean
SEP1993-MAR1994Somalia
OCT1993-Shellback Initiation - 11 OCT 1993 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1995-DEC1995West Pac
NOV1995-Shellback Initiation - 10 NOV 1995 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1997-JUN1997West Pac
JAN1997-MAY1997West Pac
JAN1997-JUN1997West Pac-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
APR1997-Shellback Initiation - 27 APR 1997 - Pacific Ocean
OCT1997-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]