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U.S.S. WASHOE COUNTY

(LST-1165)

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USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST-1165 ) - a LST-1156 class landing ship tank

In Commission 1953 to 1970

LST-1165 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1952 Keel Date: 1 DEC 1952
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JUL 1953 Launch Date: 14 JUL 1953
NOV 1953 Commissioned: 30 NOV 1953
AUG 1956 - FEB 1957 Mediterranean
JUN 1967 - JUN 1967 Inchon Landing
MAR 1971 Decommissioned: 25 MAR 1971

LST-1165 General Specifications

Class: LST-1156 class landing ship tank

Named for: Washoe County in Nevada

Complement: 16 Officers and 189 Enlisted

Displacement: 2590 tons

Length: 384 feet

Beam: 55 feet

Flank Speed: 14 knots

Final Disposition: Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet 1973Leased to Peru 7 August 1984Sold to Peru 26 April 1999



USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST-1165)



LST-1165 was laid down on 1 December 1952 at Pascagoula Miss. by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp.


launched on 14 July 1953; sponsored by Mrs. Ralph K. James; and commissioned on 30 November 1953 Lt. Comdr. Robert R. Davis in command.


In January 1954 the tank landing ship joined the Atlantic Fleet and became part of the Atlantic Am phibious Force. After completing training in the vicin ity of Hampton Roads in early spring LST-1165 be came very active in naval reserve training and made cruises to Miami; Boston; New York; and Havana Cuba.


During 1955 the ship participated in many Atlantic Fleet exercises which took her from Labrador to the Caribbean. She also took part in the filming of the mo tion picture "Away All Boats" at Vieques Island Puerto Rico. On 1 July of that year she was named Washoe County. On 5 November the ship arrived at Little Creek Va. where she spent the remainder of the year.


Washoe County completed underway preparations at Little Creek on 20 February 1956 and-after a brief stop at Morehead City N.C.-sailed on 25 February for refresher training at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. She con ducted exercises in the Caribbean until 29 April when she returned to Miami Fla. For the next few months Washoe County worked along the east coast taking part in various operations.


Washoe County departed Norfolk on 27 August and headed for the Mediterranean and her first tour with the 6th Fleet. She also visited ports in Spain Morocco France and Tunisia before returning to Hampton Roads on 5 February 1957.


The next three months of 1957 found Washoe County operating in the Norfolk area. On 28 March the ship headed for the Caribbean and operations at Barbados St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. She returned to Morehead City on 14 April and spent the remainder of 1957 in local operations in the Chesapeake Bay area.


Washoe County departed Little Creek on 6 January 1958 stopped briefly at Guantanamo Bay Cuba then transited the Panama Canal arrived at San Diego Calif. on 27 January; and remained there for the next five months. On 10 June the ship began supply runs to Seal Beach Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island Calif.


Washoe County returned to San Diego on 26 June for a month's rest before sailing for Pearl Harbor on 23 July. The ship returned to San Diego on 20 August 1958 and spent the rest of the year in operations off the California coast.


During the early months of 1959 Washoe County was at San Diego preparing for an upcoming Western Pacific (WestPac) deployment. She set course for Japan on 15 April and arrived at Sasebo on 7 May. Except for a visit to Hong Kong during June the tank landing ship operated between Okinawa and Japan into the autumn. She returned to San Diego on 26 Novem ber 1959 and conducted local operations in waters off the California coast through the end of the year.


During the first half of 1960 Washoe County con ducted various operations along the west coast inclu- ing operations: "Swan Dive" off Cape Pendleton "Bay Island" off Tacoma Wash. with the Army and Air Force and "Shark Bite" at San Francisco with Marine reservists. On 1 July 1960 the ship's home port was changed to Yokosuka Japan. One month later she sailed for WestPac; stopped at Pearl Harbor and ar rived at Iwakuni Japan on 3 September. The ship spent September and October carrying Marine Corps troops and vehicles with stops in Naha and Buckner Bay Okinawa and Numazu Japan. Washoe County completed a restricted availability on 17 October and after a visit to Hong Kong took part in Operation "Packboard" off Okinawa from 11 to 19 November. On 7 December 1960 the ship commenced an overhaul at Yokosuka which lasted into the new year.


Washoe County finished her yard work on 8 Febru ary 1961 and began training. She then made a visit to Tokyo and remained there until 22 March. The months of April and May were occupied with operations off Vietnam in the South China Sea and she returned to Japan late in the spring for local operations. From 2 to 14 August Washoe County participated in Operation "Sharp Edge" off Korea. The ship ended the year by taking part in Operation "Fiesta" at San Jose Min doro Philippines commemorating the 17th anniversary of the landing of United States forces in the Philip pines in World War II.


On 17 February 1962 Washoe County began her par ticipation in the large-scale SEATO exercise-"Tulun gan"-in the Philippine area which lasted through 20 April. The ship then devoted the remainder of the year to visiting the ports of Keelung Taiwan; Subic Bay Philippines Hong Kong and Beppu and Kyushu Japan. During July and August she joined in Opera tion "Seven Seas" off Korea. On 8 December 1962 the LST entered the shipyard at Yokosuka for an overhaul.


She devoted the major portion of 1963 to routine operations and training and from 12 to 30 June participated in her only operation of the year Operation "Flagpole." On 30 September Washoe Countv rescued 15 men from the foundering Japanese fishing boat Shoyo Maru No. 10 near Miyako Jima.


The year 1964 began with the tank landing ship moored at Yokohama. From 3 to 27 January she underwent upkeep at Yokosuka. An administrative inspection of the ship held on 3 February was followed by preparations for the upcoming Exercise "Back Pack" which she conducted from 26 February to 16 March.


Washoe County lifted ammunition from Sasebo to Numazu Japan from 10 to 17 April. The ship participated in Operation "Ligtas" from 29 May to 8 June; then sailed to Hong Kong for a port visit. She spent July undergoing another physical security inspection plus sea trials.


During August and September Washoe Countv conducted special operations in the South China Sea off the coast of Vietnam. Following routine operations and training Washoe County visited Beppu Japan from 2 to 4 December and after a force medical inspection and an operational readiness inspection spent the Christmas holidays at Yokohama.


Washoe Countv spent the first three quarters of 1965 making shuttle trips between Okinawa Japan and Vietnam in support of American forces in Vietnam. The loads she carried during the year included Marine Corps Naval Beach Group Naval Beach Jumper and Amphibious Construction Battalion equipment and personnel. Most of the year's last quarter was devoted to a yard overhaul at Yokosuka which began on 16 September and ended on 10 December. On 27 December the ship commenced refresher training which continued into 1966.


The ship departed Yokosuka loaded with pontoon barge sections destined for Danang South Vietnam. Following a short stop in Okinawa the ship arrived at Danang on 22 February. She then proceeded to Chu Lai and discharged the remainder of the cargo.


After hauling cargo to Danang Chu Lai Camranh Bay and Phan Rang Washoe County joined with an amphibious ready group whose mission was to conduct an amphibious raid Operation "Jackstay " against Viet Cong southeast of Saigon. She served in a pioneering role as an advance base providing gunfire support arms ammunition rations and water to assault boat groups.


Washoe County returned to Yokosuka on 28 May for a brief period of repairs and rehabilitation. On the 18th of June the ship sailed for Okinawa to reload supplies; then made a visit to Hong Kong before resuming her duties as a cargo carrier along the Vietnamese coast.


In mid-August she steamed through the Inland Sea of Japan and Shimonoseki Strait on her way to Korea. After a week of training with the Republic of Korea Navy Washoe Countv returned to Iwakuni Japan and embarked marines and cargo. Before returning to Yokosuka at the end of October the ship made two more lifts to Vietnam carrying cargo to Chu Lai and Qui Nhon and returning equipment from Danang to Naha Okinawa.


The year 1967 began with Washoe County in the port of Naha Okinawa loading cargo. She spent the month of January engaged in shuttle runs carrying cargo and personnel along the South Vietnamese coast and Okinawa and then enjoyed a rest and recreation visit to Hong Kong. The ship spent most of February conducting intra-coastal logistic support lifts along the South Vietnam coast. On 20 February Washoe County participated in Operation "De Soto " in which material was offloaded by Marine helicopters operating off the ship's main deck. The operation was concluded on 8 March and the tank landing ship underwent an upkeep period lasting from 20 March to 11 April.


From 15 April to 2 June 1967 Washoe County made shuttle runs with cargo and troops to Chi Lung Tai wan; Danang and Chu Lai South Vietnam Naha Okinawa Yokosuka Japan; and Inchon Korea. The ship then returned to Yokosuka for upkeep from 7 to 22 June during which time Washoe County became the flagship for Landing Squadron 9.


The crew enjoyed liberty at Hong Kong from 11 to 16 July; then debarked the commodore and his staff at Buckner Bay Okinawa and took Army personnel to Pusan Korea before returning to Yokosuka on 3 Au- gust for upkeep which was completed on 7 September. In mid-September the ship arrived at Danang and participated in three major operations: "Fortress Sentry " "Formation Leader " and "Badger Hunt " from 14 September to 2 December.


Washoe County retired to Subic Bay on 6 December and soon sailed to Okinawa for training exercises with marines. She returned to Yokosuka on 18 December for upkeep which lasted into 1968.


On 1 March 1968 Washoe Countv sailed for Danang South Vietnam in company with Terrell County (LST- 1167) and Westchester County (LST-1167) carrying causeway sections to be used at Wunder Beach South Vietnam. The sections were splashed and moved into place on 17 March. While engaged in the causeway installation Washoe County's port shaft was damaged; and she underwent repairs at Subic Bay from 21 to 26 March. She then returned to Vietnam but further problems with the port shaft developed necessitating more extensive repairs at Subic Bay which lasted until 29 April. The ship then successfully completed sea trials and got underway for Japan and arrived at Yokosuka on 6 May.


Washoe County underwent upkeep at Yokosuka which was not finished until early June. On the 3rd she began loading Marine equipment at Naha and she delivered it at Subic Bay on the 8th. Following a visit to Hong Kong from the 14th to the 19th she headed for South Vietnam. En route on 20 June Washoe County embarked two injured personnel from the American freighter SS John C. after that ship had run aground on the north reef of the Paracel Islands.


The next day Washoe County returned to Danang and resumed duties with the amphibious ready group With the exception of upkeep from 10 to 20 July the ship served in the combat zone continuously through July and much of August. On the 24th Washoe Countv headed for her home port and arrived at Yokosuka on 12 September


Washoe County began her last deployment of 1968 off the coast of South Vietnam at the Ca Mau peninsula for Operation "Market Time " sealing off the coastline of South Vietnam and adjacent waterways from communist infiltration. From 27 October to 9 December the tank landing ship functioned as an emergency helicopter landing pad in evacuating eight Navy and Coast Guardsmen wounded in action and the body of one Coast Guardsman who had been killed in action ashore. She also dispensed fuel food water and ammunition to 134 patrol boats and fired 42 naval gunfire support missions.


Washoe County arrived back at Yokosuka on 19 December and celebrated the holidays in her home port.


Washoe County began 1969 preparing for the cyclical yard overhaul period which commenced on 19 January and continued through 10 April. From 20 April to 6 June the ship conducted refresher training and amphibious refresher training. On 12 June Washoe County got underway for the first deployment of the year as a support ship for Operation "Seafloat/Tran Hung Dao III" in the Ca Mau peninsula of South Vietnam. "Seafloat" was a floating advanced tactical support base primarily for psychological warfare missions conducted in the Cua Lon River at the southernmost tip of South Vietnam. During this period Washoe County served as a helicopter platform and provided logistics and communications support


On 10 August after 46 days on station Washoe County sailed via Subic Bay to Hong Kong for a two-week assignment as station ship. She got underway on 4 September for Yokosuka but was diverted by a trip from Okinawa to Danang and finally arrived at her home port on 23 September. She remained there until 9 October when she transported a detachment of marines and equipment from Okinawa to Numazu Japan.


Departing Japan on 28 October the ship participated in Operation "Keystone Cardinal " a major troop redeployment lift from Vietnam. During November Washoe County steamed more than 7 000 miles bringing troops and equipment from Vietnam to Okinawa before returning to Yokosuka on 3 December for annual inspections and the holiday season.


The ship took station as a "Seafloat" support vessel from 20 January 1970 to 12 March and again from 17 May to 2 August. Between these two deployments Washoe County served as station ship in Hong Kong from 18 to 27 March 1970.


On 12 August Washoe County arrived at Osaka Japan to enjoy four days at the World's Fair "Expo 70." From 19 August to 19 September the ship underwent upkeep at Yokosuka and then made a visit to Hong Kong.


After stopping at Chu Lai Vietnam and Subic Bay Philippines to load cargo on board Washoe County headed for the California coast via Pearl Harbor arriving at San Diego on 10 November. The ship offloaded Marine cargo at Camp Pendleton on 13 November then made a port visit to San Francisco.


On 24 November 1970 Washoe County arrived at Bremerton Wash.; and the following day her status changed to "in commission in reserve." On 25 March 1971 the ship was decommissioned. She served with the Military Sealift Command from January 1973 until stricken from the Navy list on 1 November 1973. At that time she was transferred to the Maritime Administration for layup at Suisun Bay Calif. where she still remained into 1980.


Washoe County earned 12 battle stars for Vietnam service.

[Note: The above USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST-1165) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS WASHOE COUNTY (LST-1165) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]