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USS NEWPORT

(LST-1179)

First In Its Class!

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USS NEWPORT (LST-1179), a Newport-class tank landing ship

in Commission 1969 to 1992

LST-1179 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
NOV 1966 Keel Date: 1 NOV 1966
FEB 1968 Launch Date: 3 FEB 1968
JUN 1969 Commissioned: 7 JUN 1969
MAY 1970 - SEP 1970 Caribbean
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
APR 1971 - OCT 1971 Mediterranean
AUG 1972 - OCT 1972 North Atlantic
AUG 1972 - AUG 1972 Caribbean
NOV 1973 - JUN 1974 Regular Overhaul
AUG 1974 - AUG 1974 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1975 - MAR 1975 Caribbean
OCT 1975 - DEC 1975 North Atlantic
MAR 1976 - MAR 1976 Caribbean
JUN 1976 - DEC 1976 Mediterranean
JUN 1977 - JUN 1977 Caribbean
SEP 1977 - SEP 1977 Albany NY Navy League Visit
NOV 1977 - FEB 1978 Flooding No.1 Engine Room
FEB 1978 - AUG 1978 Mediterranean
SEP 1978 - SEP 1979 Regular Overhaul
OCT 1979 - NOV 1979 Guantanamo Bay
FEB 1980 - FEB 1980 North Atlantic
MAR 1980 - MAR 1980 Blue Nose - Artic Circle
JUL 1980 - JUL 1980 Caribbean
AUG 1980 - FEB 1981 North Atlantic-Med-Indian Ocean
NOV 1980 - Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1980 - Indian Ocean
FEB 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 8 FEB 1981 - Indian Ocean
NOV 1981 - Shellback Initiation - 5 NOV 1981 - Indian Ocean
JAN 1982 - APR 1982 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
MAR 1982 - MAR 1982 #3 Eng Room Fire off of Berbera Somalia
APR 1982 - DEC 1982 Major Repairs in Yards
DEC 1982 - DEC 1982 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1983 - APR 1983 North Atlantic
SEP 1984 - FEB 1985 Mediterranean
APR 1986 - APR 1986 Caribbean
AUG 1986 - AUG 1986 North Atlantic
JAN 1987 - AUG 1987 Mediterranean
MAR 1988 - MAY 1988 Caribbean
SEP 1988 - NOV 1988 North Atlantic
JAN 1989 - JUN 1989 Mediterranean
SEP 1989 - MAR 1990 Regular Overhaul
APR 1990 - APR 1990 Guantanamo Bay
SEP 1990 - MAR 1991 Mediterranean-West Africa
DEC 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 7 DEC 1990 - Atlantic Ocean
NOV 1991 - JUN 1992 Mediterranean
SEP 1992 Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1992

LST-1179 General Specifications

Class: Newport class tank landing ship

Complement: 14 Officers and 210 Enlisted

Displacement: 5190 tons

Length: 522 feet

Beam: 70 feet

Draft: 19 feet

Final Disposition: Sold to Mexico



USS NEWPORT (LST-1179)



The third Newport was laid down 1 November 1966 by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Philadelaphia Pa.; launched 3 February 1968; sponsored by Mrs. Claiborne Pell; and commissioned 7 June 1969.

As the first of a new class of LST she is unlike any other LST previously built. She can steam twice as fast as her World War II predecessors and carry over twice as many troops. She has an over the bow ramp instead of the usual bow doors and a stern gate to enable her to off load from both ends simultaneously.

Assigned to Amphibious Squadron 8 and home ported at Little Creek Va., Newport carried out a vigorous training program to prepare for active service in the Fleet.

[Note: The above USS NEWPORT (LST-1179) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS NEWPORT (LST-1179) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]