USS Boulder (LST-1190)

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USS Boulder (LST-1190) stbd quarter view.jpg
Career
Name: USS Boulder
Namesake: Boulder, Colorado
Ordered: 15 July 1966
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 6 September 1969
Launched: 22 May 1970
Acquired: 1 April 1971
Commissioned: 4 June 1971
Decommissioned: 28 February 1994
Struck: 1 December 2008
Status: awaiting disposal
General characteristics
Class & type: Newport class tank landing ship
Displacement: 5,190 long tons (5,273.3 t) (light),
8,792 long tons (8,933.1 t) (full)
Length: 522 ft (159.1 m) overall,
500 ft (152.4 m) at the waterline.
Beam: 70 ft (21.34 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.79 m)
Propulsion: 6 diesel engines, 16,000 brake horsepower, two shafts, Twin Controllable Pitch Screws
Bow Thruster - Single Screw, Controllable Pitch,
Speed: 20+ knots (37+ km/h)
Capacity: 19,000 sq ft (1,765.2 m2), capacity of 29 tanks or 30 AAVs.
Troops: Marine detachment: 360 plus 40 surge
Complement: 14 officers, 210 enlisted
Armament: 4 three-inch/50 caliber guns in two twin-barrel mounts
1 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mounts.

The USS Boulder (LST-1190) was named after a county and city in Colorado. She was laid down on 6 September 1969 at San Diego, CA, by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, launched on 22 April 1970 (sponsored by Mrs. Gordon L. Allott), and commissioned on 4 June 1971 with Commander B. A. Troutman, Jr., in command. Following commissioning at Long Beach, CA, Boulder was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet, with the home port of Little Creek, VA.

Into 1980, the tank landing ship alternated amphibious training operations along the east coast of the United States and in the Caribbean with regular, extended deployments to the Mediterranean. Boulder was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation for removal and disposal of ordnance from the Suez Canal in 1974.

Boulder was decommissioned on 28 February 1994 and was placed in inactive reserve at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, PA. On 1 December 2008 she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register and, as of June 2009, is awaiting disposal.

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