USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)

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USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)
United States
Name: USS Manitowoc (LST-1180)
Namesake: Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Ordered: 29 December 1965
Builder: Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
Laid down: 27 February 1967
Launched: 4 January 1969
Acquired: 1 April 1970
Commissioned: 24 January 1970
Decommissioned: 30 June 1993
Struck: 23 July 2002
Fate: Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned (Taiwan), 29 September 2000
Name: ROCS Chung Ho (LST-232)
Fate: In service
General characteristics
Class and type: Newport class tank landing ship
  • 5,190 long tons (5,273.3 t) (light),
  • 8,792 long tons (8,933.1 t) (full)
Length: 522 ft (159.11 m) overall, 500 ft (152.4 m) at the waterline.
Beam: 70 ft (21.3 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.79 m)
Speed: 20+ knots (37+ km/h)
Troops: Marine detachment:360 plus 40 surge
Complement: 14 officers, 210 enlisted

USS Manitowoc (LST 1180) was the second ship of the Newport class LST in the United States Navy. The Manitowoc was built at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and was powered by six GMC V-16 turbocharged diesels.

LST‑1180 was laid down by Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 27 February 1967; named Manitowoc (after the county in Wisconsin) on 21 March 1967; launched 4 January 1969 and sponsored by Mrs. Gaylord Nelson, wife of the U.S. senator from Wisconsin; and commissioned 24 January 1970.

"Manitowoc" is Anishinaabe for "home of the Great Spirit." The ship's nickname was "Mighty Manny."

Manitowoc conducted two deployments off Vietnam in 1971 and 1972. She carried troops to Lebanon during the intervention there in 1982 and 1983, and participated in the Grenada operations in October and November 1983. Manitowoc participated in the Persian Gulf War before decommissioning on 30 June 1993. The ship was then transferred to the Republic of China through the Security Assistance Program on 29 September 2000.

Notable officers and crew[edit]

William J. Marshall served as a lieutenant commander aboard Manitowoc in the early 1980s. He later became a rear admiral and served as the Navy's director of expeditionary warfare and as commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap.