The USS LaSalle LPD-3 was reconfigured to serve as the flag ship in the Persian Gulf. Note the strange looking awning on the flight deck. The LaSalle was the first LPD with flag quarters and has an unusual mast mounting. She was built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn New York. Since she had to go under the Brooklyn Bridge, the mast had to have a hinge so it could be lowered in order to get under the bridge.
I served as the Electrical Officer, the Main Propulsion Assistant and the Auxiliary Division Officer. 1966 - 1969. I was promoted to LDO Ensign and transferred to Naval Development and Training Center NDATC 32nd Street San Diego, California.
Below is a photo of the USS Dubuque LPD-8 which is similar to LPD-3.
Displacement: 11050 tons light, 16585 to 17595 tons full load
Length: 568.75 feet (173.4 m) overall
Beam: 84 feet (25.6 m)
Draft: 23 feet (7.0 m)
Max. Speed: 21 knots
Propulsion: 2 steam turbines (De Laval), 2 shafts, 24000 shp
Boilers: 2 600 psi (Foster Wheeler, except Babcock & Wilcox in LPD 5,12)
Manning: 402 (28 officers + 374 enlisted)
930 in LPD 4-6,14,15
840 in LPD 7-10,12,13
Flag: 90 in LPD 7-10,12,13
Helicopters: Landing area and hangar, except no hangar in LPD 4
4 3-inch (76-mm) 50-cal AA Mk 33 (2 twin), except 2 guns in LPD 10
2 20-mm Phalanx CIWS Mk 16 (2 multi-barrel) in LPD 4,12-15
USS Austin (LPD 4)
USS Ogden (LPD 5)
USS Duluth (LPD 6)
USS Cleveland (LPD 7)
USS Dubuque (LPD 8)
USS Denver (LPD 9)
USS Juneau (LPD 10)
USS Shreveport (LPD 12)
USS Nashville (LPD 13)
USS Trenton (LPD 14)
USS Ponce (LPD 15)
Below is a photo of the USS Coronado LPD-11 which is similar to the LPD-3
Thanks to http://falcon.cc.ukans.edu/~ktula/navy/ships/amphibious/austin/austin.html
http://tetrad.stanford.edu/ships.html , http://www.wpi.edu/~elmer/navy.html and http://sm.nps.navy.mil:80/SNA/
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