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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
APR 1968 Keel Date: 8 APR 1968
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
MAY 1969 Launch Date: 24 MAY 1969
JUN 1969 - SEP 1969 Guantanamo Bay
JUN 1970 Commissioned: 20 JUN 1970
MAY 1971 - SEP 1971 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
AUG 1971 - MAR 1972 Mediterranean
AUG 1971 - APR 1972 Mediterranean
JUL 1972 - NOV 1972 North Atlantic
SEP 1972 - SEP 1973 Circumnavigation
SEP 1972 - SEP 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
DEC 1972 - MAR 1973 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1972 - Shellback Initiation - 22 DEC 1972 - Pacific Ocean
JUL 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 29 JUL 1973 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1973 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 12 DEC 1973 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1974 - OCT 1974 Mediterranean
APR 1974 - OCT 1974 Mediterranean
APR 1974 - NOV 1974 Mediterranean
APR 1974 - NOV 1974 Mediterranean
JAN 1975 - JAN 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1975 - OCT 1975 Operation Nimbus Stream
JUL 1975 - FEB 1976 Mediterranean
SEP 1975 - MAR 1976 Mediterranean-Lebanon
DEC 1975 - DEC 1975 Collision w/USS Caloosahatchee AO-98 on 12/16/1975
JAN 1977 - FEB 1977 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1977 - OCT 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1978 - APR 1978 West Africa
JAN 1978 - APR 1978 Africa/South America
FEB 1978 Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1978 - Shellback Initiation - 14 FEB 1978 - Atlantic Ocean
MAR 1979 - OCT 1979 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - MAY 1980 Mediterranean
FEB 1980 - FEB 1980 Collision w/USS SPIEGEL GROVE while underway refueling 5 Feb
OCT 1981 - OCT 1981 Boiler explosion while preparing to get underway - Norfolk Va
FEB 1982 - Shellback Initiation - 16 FEB 1982 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1982 - MAR 1982 Guantanamo Bay
AUG 1982 - MAR 1983 Mediterranean
SEP 1982 - MAR 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1982 - MAR 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1982 - MAR 1983 Multinational Force - Beirut Lebanon
FEB 1984 - APR 1984 North Atlantic
MAR 1984 - MAR 1984 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1984 - FEB 1985 Mediterranean
AUG 1986 - AUG 1986 Blue Nose - Artic Circle crossing
AUG 1986 - OCT 1986 North Atlantic
NOV 1986 - MAY 1987 Mediterranean
JAN 1987 - JUL 1987 Mediterranean
AUG 1988 - SEP 1988 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
AUG 1988 - SEP 1988 Teamwork 88
MAR 1990 - AUG 1991 Desert Shield
MAR 1990 - AUG 1991 Desert Storm
AUG 1990 - JAN 1991 Desert Storm
AUG 1990 - MAR 1991 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
AUG 1990 - MAR 1991 Desert Shield
FEB 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1991 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1991 - Shellback Initiation - 2 FEB 1991 - Indian Ocean
DEC 1991 - MAY 1992 Mediterranean
JAN 1993 - APR 1993 North Atlantic
JUN 1993 - JUL 1993 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1993 - SEP 1994 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
DEC 1993 - Shellback Initiation - 2 DEC 1993 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1994 - JUN 1994 Somalia
MAR 1995 - MAR 1996 Dry Dock
FEB 1997 - JUN 1997 Blue Harrier and Western Mediterranean Cruise
APR 2001 - SEP 2001 West Pac
JUN 2002 Decommissioned: 20 JUN 2002
DEC 2005 - DEC 2005 SINKEX

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