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USS GRANT COUNTY (LST-1174 ) - a De Soto County-class tank landing ship

In Commission 1957 to 1973

LST-1174 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1956 - Keel Date: 15 MAR 1956
at Avondale Marine Ways Avondale LA
OCT 1956 - Launch Date: 12 OCT 1956
DEC 1957 - Commissioned: 17 DEC 1957
DEC 1957 - Shellback Initiation - 17 DEC 1957 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1959 - SEP 1959 Mediterranean
APR 1961 - OCT 1961 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1965 - MAY 1966 Mediterranean
AUG 1967 - APR 1968 Caribbean
AUG 1968 - FEB 1969 Mediterranean
SEP 1971 - NOV 1971 Mediterranean
JAN 1972 - MAR 1972 Caribbean
JAN 1973 - Decommissioned: 15 JAN 1973

LST-1174 General Specifications

Class: De Soto County-class tank landing ship

Named for: Grant County

Complement: 124 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3560 tons

Length: 446 feet

Beam: 62 feet

Flank Speed: 17 knots

Final Disposition: Loaned to the Brazilian Navy 15 January 1973Sold to Brazil 1 February 1980


Grant County (LST-1174) was laid down by Avondale Marine Ways Inc. Avondale La. 15 March 1956; launched 12 October 1956; sponsored by Mrs. John Martin Higgins; and commissioned 17 December 1957 Lt. Comdr. R. B. Nichols in command.

After shakedown Grant County performed amphibious exercises.along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean throughout 1958. From 1958 to 1962 the LST excelled in training and experimental amphibious operations in the Atlantic Caribbean and on two occasions the Mediterranean (1958 1961) .

Following operations with Marines at Camp Pendleton in October 1962 Grant County was dispatched to Florida for assignment during the Cuban missile crisis. Her constant training paid dividends for the show of strength displayed by the Navy averted an atomic catastrophe and once again left undisputed America's claim to superiority of the sea. When the crisis eased Grant County resumed her training and remained on alert in the event of another flare-up.

In May 1965 the Communist threat to the Western Hemisphere struck again this time in the Dominican Republic. President Johnson ordered Marines to the Caribbean island to protect American interests and help stabilize the government. When the situation showed signs of diminishing Grant County departed Little Creek Va. 1 June for the Caribbean. She embarked Marines and Seabees stationed in the Dominican Republic and returned them to the United States. On 3 October she sailed for another Mediterranean deployment and participated in amphibious exercises before returning home 31 March 1966.

During the next 4 months Grant County participated in intermittent amphibious exercises along the Atlantic Coast and in the Caribbean. During August she made two runs to the Dominican Republic to return troops and equipment to the United States. She continued shuttle runs along the East Coast until 1 December when she began a 3-month overhaul. In March 1967 she resumed training and readiness operations with amphibious forces and at present she ranges the seas from the Virginia Capes to the Caribbean while maintaining the efficiency and readiness of her crew and equipment.

[Note: The above USS GRANT COUNTY (LST-1174) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GRANT COUNTY (LST-1174) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]