USS FORT MANDAN (LSD-21)
Fort Mandan was assigned first to the Atlantic Reserve Fleet following
her shakedown training in Chesapeake Bay
but later was assigned to duty
with the Service Force
She spent the next year in routine operations off the Atlantic coast. In
April and May 1947 she participated in 8th Fleet exercises
with the Naval Academy and NROTC midshipmen to northern European ports during
June and July. On 16 January 1948 she was placed out of commission in the
Atlantic Reserve Fleet.
The outbreak of the Korean war occasioned her reactivation and on 25 October
Fort Mandan was recommissioned
with Captain Philip D. Quirk
commanding. In December she joined the Amphibious Force
During 1951 she engaged in Atlantic Fleet exercises through 17 May
drills in the Caribbean Sea through 29 August
and following a brief cruise
in Caribbean waters underwent preparations for the "Convex" operation
which occurred from 28 February to 31 March 1952.
Fort Mandan participated in the first NATO maneuvers
in August and September 1952
and cruised with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean
from October to January 1953.
Returning to the United States
she exercised in the Norfolk area until
September when she weighed anchor to take part in Operation "Sunec"
with calls at Greenland
During 1954 she was overhauled at Norfolk Navy Yard
took refresher training
at Narragansett Bay and another "Sunec" cruise on which she visited
and Newfoundland. Two training cruises in the Caribbean
in 1955 were succeeded by a third "Sunec" deployment on which
she crossed the Artic Circle for the second time.
In 1956 Fort Mandan conducted amphibious training exercises at Vieques
and underwent overhaul at Baltimore before steaming again for the
far north where she cruised in September and October. Amphibious exercises
again occupied her during November 1956 and much of 1957 when she joined
in "Caribex" in the Canal Zone and "Narmid"
From September through November 1957 she was attached to MSTS for Arctic
successfully transporting Army men and equipment from Greenland
to Newfoundland and Virginia in a winter closing-out operation.
Caribbean exercises kept her active during the first half of 1958. In the
summer months she received an overhaul at Norfolk to prepare her for more
exercises in the Caribbean and a cruise to Halifax and Argentia in November.
In February 1959 she joined the 6th Fleet for maneuvers in the Mediterranean
where she remained until August. In the fall
Fort Mandan operated
from Little Creek
in conducting drills and exercises
along the Virginia
Capes area and in 1960 she again carried troops and equipment for amphibious
landings in the Caribbean.
[Note: The above USS FORT MANDAN (LSD-21) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORT MANDAN (LSD-21) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]