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USS MONTICELLO (LSD-35) - a Thomaston-class dock landing ship

In Commission 1957 to 1985

LSD-35 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JUN 1955 - Keel Date: 6 JUN 1955
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
AUG 1956 - Launch Date: 10 AUG 1956
MAR 1957 - Commissioned: 29 MAR 1957
APR 1958 - AUG 1958 Operation Hardtack
APR 1958 - AUG 1958 OPERATION HARDTACK Eniwetok proving Grounds JTF 7
AUG 1958 - Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 1958 - Pacific Ocean
SEP 1960 - JUN 1961 West Pac
JAN 1962 - JAN 1963 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 16 JUN 1962 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1962 - Shellback Initiation - 16 JUN 1962 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1964 - JAN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1967 - OCT 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
FEB 1968 - APR 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
AUG 1968 - AUG 1970 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1971 - MAY 1971 West Pac-Indian Ocean
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 20 FEB 1971 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1971 - FEB 1971 GOLDEN Shellback Initiation 20 FEB 71 Pacific Ocean
FEB 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 20 FEB 1971 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1971 - OCT 1971 Shellback Initiation 6 October 1971 Pacific Ocean
OCT 1972 - DEC 1972 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1972 - DEC 1974 West Pac
MAY 1973 - NOV 1973 West Pac
MAY 1974 - Shellback Initiation - 24 MAY 1974 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1976 - JUN 1976 3rd BTL 4th Marines
JUN 1976 - JUL 1976 Alaska
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1976 - Shellback Initiation - 13 OCT 1976 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1978 - JUN 1978 Middle Pacific
AUG 1978 - APR 1979 West Pac
JUN 1981 - DEC 1981 West Pac
JAN 1984 - JAN 1984 West Pac
SEP 1984 - DEC 1984 West Pac
OCT 1985 - Decommissioned: 1 OCT 1985

LSD-35 General Specifications

Class: Thomaston-class dock landing ship

Named for: Monticello

Complement: 304 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 8899 tons

Length: 510 feet

Beam: 84 feet

Flank Speed: 21 knots

Final Disposition: On route to Hawaii be sunk as a target in RIMPAC 2010


The third Monticello (LSD-35) was laid down 6 June 1955 by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula Miss.; launched 10 August 1956; sponsored by Mrs. Harry R. Sheppard wife of Congressman Sheppard of California; and commissioned 29 March 1957 Capt. J. T. Hodgson Jr. in command.

After outfitting and trials off the East Coast Monticello arrived at her homeport San Diego 27 May 1957 to join Amphibious Forces Pacific Fleet and immediately began shakedown training. She continued to operate off the Pacific coast joining in major amphibious training operations which took her to Eniwetok in 1958 and Hawaii and Alaska in 1959 serving usually as primary control ship. Such operations involving ships of all types along with underwater demolition teams and Marines keep the fleet at top readiness for any challenge of diplomatic crisis or war itself.

On 14 November 1960 Monticello sailed for a 7-month deployment with the 7th Fleet in the western Pacifie. She was combat-loaded with part of a Marine renforced battalion landing team and was alerted four times during the Laos crisis steaming with Paul Revere (APA-248) and four escorting destroyers in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam. Returning to San Diego in July Monticello joined in a joint Army-Navy-Air Force amphibious exercise at San Juan Island Wash. in September then returned to fleet training operations from her homeport.

Monticello sailed 18 February 1962 in JTF 8 for nuclear weapons tests at Christmas Island first carrying cargo between Christmas Island and San Diego and then acting as command ship during tests of antisubmarine weapons. In June she sailed again to Christmas Island to aid in closing down the test operation and continued to a second 7th Fleet tour of duty highlighted by a large amphibious exercise at Okinawa. She returned to San Diego and a program of training with Camp Pendleton marines necessary overhaul and refresher training early in Deeember.

She again joined the 7th Fleet's Amphibious Ready Group from January to October 1964 taking part in SEATO as well as U.S. exercises.

After operating on the Atlantic coast through much of 1965 Monticello headed back to the western Pacific in August. Early in 1966 she steamed to South Vietnam for operation "Double Eagle " the longest and largest amphibious operation of the Vietnam conflict up to that time. It enabled Allied forces to engage Vietcong near Thac Tru and secure a beachhead in a key area. At the operation's conclusion 26 February she headed for Subic Bay en route home via Hong Kong Yokosuka and Pearl Harbor.

After overhaul at San Pedro and training along the Pacific coast Monticello got underway from San Diego 13 January 1967 heading for the Far East. Much action awaited her in Vietnam. She served as primary command ship for "Beacon Hill I" at Quang Tri 20 March to 2 April and "Beacon Star" there 22 April to 12 May. She joined in operation "Bell" in the latter half of May in "Beacon Torch" and "Bear Chain" in July and in August participated in "Kangaroo Kick " an amphibious feint off Hue and "Belt Drive " again at Quang Tri. Relieved at Danang in September. Monticello returned to San Diego 13 October. After an overhaul that lasted until early 1968 Monticello conducted refresher training and local operations out of San Diego. In November of that year she once again deployed to Vietnam where she remains into 1969.

Monticello was decommissoned 1 Oct 1985 and transferred to the Maritime Administration on 2 Aug 1991. Her name was struck from the Navy list 24 February 1992 and she was sold 29 Sept. 1995.

[Note: The above USS MONTICELLO (LSD-35) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS MONTICELLO (LSD-35) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]