USS El Paso (LKA-117)
USS El Paso (LKA-117) after the addition of Phalanx CIWS
|Name:||USS El Paso|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.|
|Laid down:||22 October 1968|
|Launched:||17 May 1969|
|Commissioned:||17 January 1970|
|Decommissioned:||21 April 1994|
|Status:||Inactive Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia, PA.|
|Class and type:||Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship|
|Displacement:||8,368 tons (deadweight)
18,600 tons (full load)
|Length:||575 ft 6 in (175.41 m)|
|Beam:||82 ft (25 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)|
|Boats and landing
|9 × landing craft|
|Complement:||36 officers, 375 men|
|Armament:||4 × twin 3"/50 caliber guns|
|Operations:||Operation Restore Hope
She was laid down as AKA-117 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA on 22 October 1968, and redesignated LKA-117 on 1 January 1969. She was launched on 17 May 1969, and commissioned on 17 January 1970.
El Paso was not involved in the Vietnam War.
She was decommissioned on 21 April 1994. She is berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, PA.
The ship earned several awards and campaign ribbons for her service.
Unofficial ship's motto (1977–1982): "You call, we haul – N-o-o-o problem!"
There is no known DANFS entry for the ship.
- "Roy Cash Biography" (PDF). Early and Pioneer Naval Aviators Association. Retrieved 14 January 2015.
- Naval Vessel Register: El Paso (LKA-117)
- NavSource Online: LKA-117 El Paso
- USS El Paso reunion group
- Military.com: USS El Paso
- 51 Years of AKAs