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USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177 ) - a De Soto County-class tank landing ship

In Commission 1958 to 1972

LST-1177 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
AUG 1956 - Keel Date: 9 AUG 1956
at American Ship Building Company Lorain OH
JUN 1957 - Launch Date: 22 JUN 1957
OCT 1958 - Commissioned: 3 OCT 1958
APR 1959 - OCT 1959 Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG 1959 - FEB 1960 Mediterranean
OCT 1962 - DEC 1962 Cuban Missle Blockade
OCT 1962 - OCT 1962 Guantanamo Bay
APR 1963 - JUL 1963 Caribbean
DEC 1964 - OCT 1966 Caribbean
AUG 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 18 AUG 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
APR 1967 - MAY 1967 Mediterranean
JAN 1969 - FEB 1969 Caribbean
OCT 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 1 OCT 1970 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1971 - JAN 1971 decommission
SEP 1972 - Decommissioned: 1 SEP 1972

LST-1177 General Specifications

Class: De Soto County-class tank landing ship

Named for: Lorain County

Complement: 170 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 3560 tons

Length: 446 feet

Beam: 62 feet

Flank Speed: 17 knots

Final Disposition: Scrapped October 2002


Lorain County ( LST-1177) was laid down 9 August 1956 by the American Shipbuilding Co. Lorain Ohio launched 22 June 1957; sponsored by Mrs. Albert D. Baumhart Jr. wife of Gongressman Baumhart of Ohio and commissioned at New Orleans 3 October 1958 Lt. Comdr. Robert E. Du Bois in command.

This larger air-conditioned and even more versatile version of the World War II Landing Ship Tank con ducted its shakedown out of Little Creek Va. and in January 1969 joined PhibRon 6 for the first of many landing exercises on Onslow Beach N.C. On 31 July her squadron steamed from Morehead City N.C. with marines embarked for Mediterranean deployment with the 6th Fleet. Returning to Little Creek 10 February 1961 she concentrated on training with marines

Each year she served several months with the Carib bean Ready Squadron. Such training proved its value during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when fully loaded Lorain County remained on standby in the Caribbean from 22 October to 16 December. Castro's revolutionary pronouncements and his act of shutting off the Guan tanamo water supply prevented any true relaxation of tension in the area and in June 1965. Lorain Courty carried a marine heavy artillery company to Guantanamo.

Her Caribbean training in 1966 was highlighted by a visit to Aruba Netherlands West Indies with PhibRon 4. 1967 saw further Caribbean training and landing exer cises and deployment to the Mediterranean from 30 March to 24 May. After further operations in the Caribbean in early 1968 Lorain County began overhaul at Norfolk on 24 June. On 2 December she left the yard and prepared for refresher training into 1969.

[Note: The above USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS LORAIN COUNTY (LST-1177) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]