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
USS MONTICELLO (LSD-35)
The third Monticello (LSD-35) was laid down 6 June 1955 by Ingalls
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
After outfitting and trials off the East Coast
at her homeport
27 May 1957 to join Amphibious Forces
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
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
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
and then acting as command ship during tests of antisubmarine weapons.
she sailed again to Christmas Island to aid in closing down the
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
refresher training early in Deeember.
She again joined the 7th Fleet's Amphibious Ready Group from January to
taking part in SEATO as well as U.S. exercises.
After operating on the Atlantic coast through much of 1965
headed back to the western Pacific in August. Early in 1966
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
she headed for
Subic Bay en route home via Hong Kong
and Pearl Harbor.
After overhaul at San Pedro and training along the Pacific coast
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"
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
refresher training and local operations out of San Diego. In November of
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]