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U.S.S. INCHON

(LPH-12)

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The USS INCHON (LPH-12), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship, was commissioned on 20 JUN 1970. Built in Pascagoula, MS, INCHON was the last of the "Iwo Jimas". Assigned to the Atlantic Amphibious Force, INCHON circumnavigate the world in 1972-1973. Her routine deployment was to the Mediterranean Sea with as a component of a Marine Amphibious Ready Group, but she was often out of the routine. Her circumnavigation is one example, others are duty off Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War in 1982, a South Atlantic & West African deployment in 1978, support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990-91 and finally a conversion to a Mine Countermeasures Command and Support Ship - MCS-12 - in March 1995. As MCS-12 she carried Sea Stallion Helicopters that swept for mines. In 2001 INCHON suffered a catastrophic engineering space fire that sped her decommissioning. USS INCHON served her country for 32 years when decommissioned on 20 JUN 2002. Her hulk was used to launch test missiles through 2007, then disposed by RIMPAC SINKEX in july 2010.

The USS INCHON (LPH-12) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LPH-12 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
APR1968-Keel Date: 8 APR 1968
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
MAY1969-Launch Date: 24 MAY 1969
JUN1969-SEP1969Guantanamo Bay
JUN1970-Commissioned: 20 JUN 1970
JAN1971-JAN1973Mediterranean
FEB1971-NOV1972Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAY1971-SEP1971Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1971-APR1972Mediterranean
MAR1972-SEP1973North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
MAY1972-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1972-DEC1972Operation Deep Freeze
JUL1972-SEP1972North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
JUL1972-NOV1972North Atlantic
JUL1972-NOV1972Antarctic Circle
AUG1972-OCT1972Strong Express
SEP1972-SEP1973West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP1972-NOV1972North Atlantic
SEP1972-OCT1972Circumnavigation
OCT1972-APR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1972-Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1972-MAR1973West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC1972- Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1973-Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1973 - Indian Ocean
DEC1973-Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1973 - Pacific Ocean
DEC1973-Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1973 - Indian Ocean
APR1974-OCT1974Mediterranean
JAN1975-JAN1975West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL1975-FEB1976Mediterranean
JUL1975-OCT1975Operation Nimbus Stream
SEP1975-MAR1976Mediterranean-Lebanon
DEC1975-JAN1976collision with caloosahatchee
DEC1975-DEC1975Collision w/USS Caloosahatchee AO-98 on 12/16/1975
JAN1977-FEB1977Guantanamo Bay
FEB1977-JUN1978Mediterranean
APR1977-OCT1977Mediterranean
JAN1978-APR1978West Africa
JAN1978-APR1978Africa/South America
FEB1978-Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1978-Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB1978- Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR1979-OCT1979Mediterranean
JAN1980-MAY1980Mediterranean
FEB1980-FEB1980Collision w/USS SPIEGEL GROVE while underway refueling 5 Feb
OCT1981-OCT1981Boiler explosion while preparing to get underway - Norfolk Va
JAN1982-JAN1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
FEB1982-MAR1982Guantanamo Bay
FEB1982-Shellback Initiation - 16 FEB 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1982-MAR1983Mediterranean
SEP1982-MAR1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1982-MAR1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT1982-MAR1983Multinational Force - Beirut Lebanon
FEB1984-APR1984North Atlantic
MAR1984-MAR1984Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JUL1984-FEB1985Mediterranean
JUL1984-MAR1985death
JUL1985-JAN1986Mediterranean
JUL1986-JAN1987Mediterranean
AUG1986-OCT1986North Atlantic
AUG1986-AUG1986Blue Nose - Arctic Circle crossing
NOV1986-MAY1987Mediterranean
JAN1987-JUL1987Mediterranean
JAN1987-JUL1987Mediterranean
AUG1988-SEP1988Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1988-SEP1988Teamwork 88
JAN1990-FEB1990Desert Storm
MAR1990-AUG1991Desert Shield
MAR1990-AUG1991Desert Storm
AUG1990-MAR1991Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG1990-MAR1991Desert Shield
AUG1990-JAN1991Desert Storm
FEB1991-Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1991 - Indian Ocean
MAR1991-Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1991 - Indian Ocean
DEC1991-JUN1992Mediterranean
DEC1991-MAY1992Mediterranean
JAN1993-APR1993North Atlantic
JUN1993-JUL1993Guantanamo Bay
SEP1993-SEP1994Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
DEC1993-Shellback Initiation - 2 DEC 1993 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN1994-JUN1994Somalia
MAR1994- Shellback Initiation - 29 MAR 1994 - Atlantic Ocean
JUN1994-AUG1994Caribbean
MAR1995-MAR1996Dry Dock
FEB1997-JUN1997Blue Harrier and Western Mediterranean Cruise
MAR1999-AUG1999Kosovo
APR2001-SEP2001West Pac
JUN2002-Decommissioned: 20 JUN 2002
DEC2005-DEC2005SINKEX

LPH-12 General Specifications

Class: Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship

Complement: 122 Officers and 1321 Enlisted

Displacement: 19500 tons

Length: 603.65 feet

Beam: 104 feet

Draft: 25.9 feet

Final Disposition: Expended as a target5 December 2004