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U.S.S. FORT SNELLING

(LSD-30)

The Fighting Fort

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The USS FORT SNELLING (LSD-30), a Thomaston-class dock landing ship, was commissioned on 24 JAN 1955. Built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USS FORT SNELLING was homeported at Little Creek, Virginia and spent her entire service career as an East Coast "Gator Freighter". FORT SNELLING routinely deployed to the Caribbean and Mediterranean, as well as contingency operations in Beirut, the Dominican Republic, the search for the lost atomic bomb off of Palomares, Spain and the Invasion of Grenada. USS FORT SNELLING served her country for 29 years, 8 months and 4 days, until decommissioned on 28 SEP 1984. The hulk of FORT SNELLING was scrapped in 1995.

The USS FORT SNELLING (LSD-30) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

LSD-30 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1953 Keel Date: 17 AUG 1953
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JUL 1954 Launch Date: 16 JUL 1954
JAN 1955 Commissioned: 24 JAN 1955
SEP 1956 - APR 1957 Mediterranean
SEP 1956 - FEB 1957 Mediterranean
SEP 1957 - OCT 1957 Mediterranean
SEP 1957 - OCT 1957 Caribbean
AUG 1959 - OCT 1959 Caribbean
JAN 1961 - SEP 1963 Somalia
MAR 1962 - AUG 1962 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - DEC 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
SEP 1963 - OCT 1963 Search for remains of Nucular Submarine Threasher
JUN 1964 - SEP 1964 Caribbean
NOV 1964 - NOV 1964 Steel Pike
MAR 1965 - JUN 1965 Caribbean
APR 1965 - APR 1965 Dominican Republic Landing
OCT 1965 - MAY 1966 Mediterranean
JAN 1966 - APR 1966 Search for lost Atomic bombs Palomares Spain
OCT 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 29 OCT 1966 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 29 OCT 1966 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1966 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1966 - NOV 1966 Ascension Island -- pickup Space Module
FEB 1967 - MAR 1967 Springboard
SEP 1971 - MAR 1972 Mediterranean
JAN 1972 - JAN 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1972 - SEP 1972 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUN 1973 - DEC 1973 Mediterranean
NOV 1976 - MAY 1977 Mediterranean
JAN 1980 - JUL 1980 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1981 - JAN 1981 Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN 1982 - MAR 1982 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
OCT 1982 - MAY 1983 Mediterranean-Lebanon
OCT 1983 - NOV 1983 Grenada
OCT 1983 - MAY 1984 Mediterranean-Lebanon
SEP 1984 Decommissioned: 28 SEP 1984

LSD-30 General Specifications

Class: Thomaston-class dock landing ship

Complement: 304 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 8899 tons

Length: 510 feet

Beam: 84 feet

Draft: 19 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 25 August 1995



USS FORT SNELLING (LSD-30)



Fort Snelling (LSD-30) was launched 16 July 1954 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula Miss.; sponsored by Mrs. Robert F. Briscoe wife of Vice Admiral Briscoe; and commissioned 24 January 1955 Commander H. Marvin-Smith in command.

Homeported at Norfolk Va. Fort Snelling carried out an intensive exercise schedule along the east coast and in the Caribbean almost always with Marines embarked for amphibious training. She made her first deployment to the Mediterranean in 1956 returning the next year again to serve with the 6th Fleet. During her 1958 deployment she was at sea bound for the island of Rhodes when on 14 July she was notified to land her Marines at Beirut Lebanon the next day. Thus Fort Snelling took part in the immediate response of the U.S. Navy to the Middle Eastern crisis of summer 1958. Several times more before leaving the Mediterranean she returned to the coast of Lebanon to support the Marines ashore. Through 1959 and 1963 Fort Snelling continued her training operations with marines in the Caribbean and on the Carolina coast.


Fort Snelling was decommissioned 28 September 1984 and transferred to the Maritime Administration 7 September 1989. Her name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 24 February 1992 and she was sold 25 August 1995.

[Note: The above USS FORT SNELLING (LSD-30) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS FORT SNELLING (LSD-30) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]