USS De Soto County (LST-1171)

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USS De Soto County (LST-1171)
USS De Soto County (LST-1171) underway in the Caribbean, circa 1958
Career
Name: USS De Soto County
Namesake: De Soto County
Builder: Avondale Marine Ways, Inc. Avondale, Louisiana
Laid down: September 1956
Launched: 28 February 1957
Commissioned: 10 June 1958
Decommissioned: 17 July 1972
Struck: 8 May 1992
Honours and
awards:
Meritorious Unit Commendation
1 battle star (Vietnam)
Fate: Loaned to the Italian Navy, 1972
Career Naval Ensign of Italy
Name: NMM Nave Grado (L9890)
Acquired: 1972
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1989
General characteristics
Class & type: De Soto County-class tank landing ship
Displacement: 3,560 long tons (3,617 t) light
7,823 long tons (7,949 t) full load
Length: 445 ft (136 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
Propulsion: 6 × Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines, two shafts, fixed pitch propellers
Speed: 17.5 knots (32.4 km/h; 20.1 mph)
Boats & landing
craft carried:
3 LCVPs and 1 Captain's Gig
Capacity: • 28 medium tanks or vehicles to 75 tons on 288 ft (88 m) tank deck
• 100,000 gal (US) diesel or jet fuel, plus 7,000 gal fuel for embarked vehicles
Troops: 575 officers and enlisted men
Complement: 10 officers and 162 enlisted men
Armament: 3 × 3"/50 Mark 22 caliber gun mounts

USS De Soto County (LST-1171) was a De Soto County-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during the late 1950s. The lead ship of her class of seven, she was named after counties in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi, the only U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

De Soto County was laid down 15 September 1956 at Avondale, Louisiana by Avondale Marine Ways, Inc.; launched on 28 February 1957; sponsored by Mrs. C. Horton Smith; and commissioned on 10 June 1958 with Lieutenant Commander Daniel A. York in command.

Service history[edit]

For almost the entire length of her active service, De Soto County was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. She interspersed operations off the east coast of the United States with frequent deployments to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. The tank landing ship saw brief service in the Vietnam theater of operations in 1969.

Decommissioned on 17 July 1972, De Soto County was transferred to the Italian Navy where she served as NMM Nave Grado (L9890). Struck from the Naval Vessel Register 8 May 1992, the ship was sold for scrapping by the Italian government in 1989.

De Soto County earned one Meritorious Unit Commendation for service with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean and one battle star for Vietnam War service.

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