USS Newport (LST-1179)
|Laid down:||1 November 1966|
|Launched:||3 February 1968|
|Commissioned:||7 June 1969|
|Decommissioned:||30 September 1992|
|Homeport:||NAB Little Creek, Virginia (former)|
|Motto:||"First in Her Class"|
|Fate:||Transferred to Mexico; renamed Papaloapan (P-411)|
|Acquired:||23 May 2001|
|Class and type:||Newport class tank landing ship|
|Beam:||70 ft (21.34 m)|
|Draft:||19 ft (5.79 m)|
|Speed:||21.5 knots (37+ km/h)|
|Capacity:||19,000 sq ft (1,765.2 m2), capacity of 29 tanks or 30 AAVs.|
The USS Newport (LST-1179) was the third ship to bear the name of the Rhode Island city. The first of her class of LSTs, she was capable of a sustained speed of 20 knots (37 km/h). Her ability to adjust her draft, accompanied by her unique bow-ramp design, helped bring a new degree of responsiveness to the amphibious fleet.
While assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, Newport completed ten deployments to the Mediterranean, as an asset of the Sixth Fleet. She also completed numerous deployments to the North Atlantic and Caribbean, in support of U.S. foreign policy. She assisted in the 1976 evacuation of Lebanon, and the 1990 Liberian Civil War; as well as operating in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, from a station in the Mediterranean.
During her service, she earned the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy "E" Ribbon (for Battle Efficiency), (twice), Navy Expeditionary Medal (one service star), National Defense Service Medal (one service star), Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (nine service stars), and a Secretary of State Tribute of Appreciation.
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- May 1970; Caribbean
- April 1971 – Oct 71 Mediterranean
- August 1972; Caribbean
- November 1973 – June 1974; Regular Overhaul
- August 1974 – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- January 1975 – March 1975; Caribbean
- August 1975 ; Caribbean
- October 1975 – December 1975; North Atlantic
- March 1976; Caribbean
- June 1976 – December 1976; Mediterranean
- June 1977; Caribbean
- February 1978 – August 1978; Mediterranean
- September 1978 – September 1979; Regular Overhaul
- October 1979; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba/Haiti
Refresher training after Regular Overhaul included a post visit to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- February 1980; North Atlantic
12 March 1980 – Crosses Arctic Circle off the coast of Norway.
- July 1980; Caribbean
- August 1980 – February 1981; North Atlantic-Mediterranean–Indian Ocean
- 5 November 1980 – Shellback Initiation off the coast of Kenya crossing the Equator
- Early December 1980 - Supporting Amphibious landings on the island of Sardinia and training in Italy with port calls to Naples and Gaieta, Italy
- December Holiday Season and New Years in Malaga, Spain
- January 1981 - 2 of four engines fail and one shaft fails. Ship under tow. Embarked Navy SEEBEES cut through decks to move remaining good engine to good shaft. Ship makes 8 knots back to the USA under her own power.
- February 1981 - Return to Morehead City, NC, USA to offload embarked Marines
- February 1981 - Return to Naval Amphibous Base, Little Creek, VA
- January 1982 – Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
17 March 1982 – Fire destroys No. 3 Engine Room while anchored in the port of Berbera, Somalia
- April 1982 – December 1982; yard period
- December 1982; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- January 1983 – April 1983; North Atlantic
- September 1984 – February 1985; Mediterranean
- April 1986; Caribbean Included port call in St. John's, Antigua
- August 1986 – October 1986; Northern Wedding Included crossing of Arctic Circle in August, port calls in Bergen, Norway and Edinburgh, Scotland and traverse of Kiel Canal, Germany
- January 1987 – August 1987; Mediterranean, Included port calls in Genoa and Naples, Italy; Marseilles and Villefranche sur mer, France; Valencia, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal; Completed OPPE on return trip
- December 1988 – June 1989; Mediterranean
- September 1989 – March 1990; regular overhaul
- April 1990; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- August 1990 – March 1991; Mediterranean – West Africa
December 1990 – Shellback Initiation off the coast of Liberia
- November 1991 – June 1992; Mediterranean
- September 1992; decommissioned
USS Newport was decommissioned on 30 September 1992, at her homeport of NAB Little Creek, Virginia. After several years in the Navy's mothball facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was sold to the Mexican Navy. Rechristened at Mexican Naval Shipyard Number 1 (ASTIMAR-1), Tampico, Tamaulipas Mexico, as Mexican Navy Ship (ARM in Spanish) Papaloapan (P-411).
In late 2005, the ARM Papaloapan (P-411) (former USS Newport) answered the call of the United States once again, bringing aid and supplies to citizens of Mississippi, who fell victim to Hurricane Katrina.
In January 2010, she was deployed with 5000 tons of cargo in a humanitarian mission to Haiti.
In November 2012, she was sent to Cuba with tons of supplies to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy
- Sale ayuda mexicana rumbo a Haití (in Spanish), retrieved 2010-01-14
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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