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U.S.S. SAGINAW

(LST-1188)

WE SHALL DELIVER

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USS SAGINAW (LST-1188 ) - a Newport class tank landing ship

In Commission 1971 to 1994

LST-1188 Deployments - Major Events

Add a LST-1188 Shellback Initiation Add a LST-1188 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY1969-Keel Date: 24 MAY 1969
at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
FEB1970-Launch Date: 7 FEB 1970
JAN1971-Commissioned: 23 JAN 1971
MAR1971-Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAR1971- Shellback Initiation - 15 MAR 1971 - Pacific Ocean
JUN1971-JUN1971Dry Dock
JAN1972-JAN1972North Atlantic
MAR1972-AUG1972Mediterranean
JAN1973-AUG1973Caribbean
NOV1973-DEC1973CAUSEX Excercise
MAY1974-NOV1974Mediterranean
FEB1976-JUL1976Dry Dock
SEP1977-OCT1977NATO Display Determination Exercise
FEB1978-AUG1978Mediterranean
AUG1979-SEP1979Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
SEP1979-APR1980Mediterranean
OCT1979-APR1980Mediterranean
MAY1982-NOV1982Mediterranean-Lebanon
AUG1982-FEB1983Mediterranean-Lebanon
JAN1983-APR1983Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
FEB1984-AUG1984Beruit Lebanan
FEB1984-AUG1984Beirut Lebanon
FEB1984-AUG1984Mediterranean
FEB1984-AUG1984Beruit Lebanan
FEB1985-JUL1985UNITAS
JUN1985-DEC1985UNITAS
JUL1985-OCT1985West Africa
JUL1985-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1985 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1985- Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1985 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1985- Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1985 - Atlantic Ocean
JUL1985-Shellback Initiation - 17 JUL 1985 - Pacific Ocean
APR1987-AUG1987Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf / Fire in Main Control
AUG1987-Shellback Initiation - 1 AUG 1987 - Indian Ocean
MAR1988-NOV1988Dry Dock
SEP1988-OCT1988Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
OCT1989-APR1990MARG 1-90
AUG1990-MAY1991Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm
AUG1991-APR1992Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm
MAY1992-NOV1992MARG 2-92
JUN1994-Decommissioned: 28 JUN 1994

LST-1188 General Specifications

Class: Newport class tank landing ship

Named for: Saginaw River

Complement: 14 Officers and 210 Enlisted

Displacement: 5190 tons

Length: 522 feet

Beam: 70 feet

Flank Speed: 20+ knots

Final Disposition: Sold to Australia for use as a transport and was re-named HMAS Kanimbla (L-51)



USS SAGINAW (LST-1188)



The second Saginaw was laid down on 24 May 1969 by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. San Diego Calif. launched on 7 February 1970; sponsored by Mrs. James Harvey and commissioned at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard on 23 January 1971 Comdr. G. P. Brown in command.

The new tank landing ship (LST) completed fitting out took on ammunition at Seal Beach Calif. and got underway from San Diego on 4 March 1971 bound for the east coast. On her first day out her lookouts sighted a mechanized landing craft LCM(6)-805 adrift at sea. The LST took the drifting craft in tow and later turned her over to Point Defiance (LPD-31). Then Saginaw proceeded -- via Acapulco Mexico and the Panama Canal -- to Little Creek Va. her home port arriving on the 26th.

Early in April while preparing for shakedown the ship tested a new concept for her class by hoisting a major self-contained medical unit (MUST) on her tank decks. This was done to evaluate the feasibility of setting up complete hospital facilities on her deck after off-loading her troops vehicles and cargo. She got underway on 19 April for Guantanamo Bay Cuba for shakedown which lasted until her return to Little Creek on 8 June. Various types of training and postshakedown availability kept her busy through the end of the year.

On 16 January 1972 Saginaw weighed anchor to participate in Operation "Snowy Beach" with Amphibious Squadron 8 at Reid State Park Beach Maine. On the 28th she completed the exercise and began preparations for overseas movement. On 23 February she embarked marines at Morehead City N.C. and sailed for the Mediterranean. She arrived at Rota Spain on 5 March and changed operational control to the 6th Fleet on the following day. For the next five months Saginaw sailed the length of the "middle sea " participated in six amphibious exercises at various points across the Mediterranean and visited ports along the way from Spain to Turkey. She left the 6th Fleet in early August and returned to Morehead City on the 21st. After disembarking marines there she entered her home port on the next day. After a 30-day standdown period she resumed normal operations out of Little Creek for the remainder of the year.

Saginaw made two voyages to Vieques Island P.R. in January and early February 1973 to transport marines to and from exercises held on that island. On 22 March she deployed to the Caribbean for two months as a unit of the Caribbean Amphibious Ready Group. She returned to Little Creek on 18 May to regroup and replenish prior to her second deployment to the Caribbean. On 5 July she resumed operations in the Caribbean until 24 August when she re-entered Little Creek. She remained in that area until 26 November when she put to sea to join other elements of the United States and Canadian Navies in CAUSEX a convoy protection ASW exercise. Saginaw returned to Little Creek on 6 December and remained in port for the duration of 1973.

Saginaw spent the first four months of 1974 in local operations out of Little Creek and in preparations for deployment to the Mediterranean. On 10 May 1974 she embarked marines at Morehead City then got underway for Rota Spain. She arrived in Rota on the 20th and through June is cruising the Mediterranean as a unit of the 6th Fleet.

[Note: The above USS SAGINAW (LST-1188) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAGINAW (LST-1188) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]