USS Carronade (IFS-1)

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USS Carronade
USS Carronade IFS-1, at sea
United States
Name: USS Carronade
Namesake: A type of short-barreled cannon
Builder: Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co.
Laid down: 19 November 1952
Launched: 26 May 1953
  • 25 May 1955, and
  • 1 January 1969
Decommissioned: 24 July 1970 (final)
Struck: 1973
Identification: IFS-1
Fate: scrapped
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,500 tons
Length: 245 ft (75 m)
Beam: 38 ft 6 in (11.73 m)
Draft: 11 ft (3.4 m)
Propulsion: Diesel, twin screw, 3,100 shp (2,300 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Capacity: 162 officers and enlisted

USS Carronade (IFS-1/LFR-1) was a ship of the United States Navy first commissioned in 1955. She was named after the carronade, a type of short barrelled cannon.

As an Inshore Fire Support Ship (IFS), part of the so-called "brown-water navy", Carronade was built to provide direct naval gunfire support to amphibious landings or operations close to shore. Carronade was armed with two twin 40 mm anti-aircraft mounts (mounted fore and aft of the superstructure), one dual-purpose 5-inch/38 caliber naval cannon, and eight mk.105 twin automatic rocket launchers. Each launcher was capable of firing thirty spin-stabilized rockets per minute.


Carronade's keel was laid 19 November 1952, and she was launched 26 May 1953[1] by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., Seattle, Washington; sponsored by Mrs. L. Herndon; and commissioned 25 May 1955,[1] Lieutenant Commander D. O. Doran in command.

Carronade departed Bremerton for her home port, San Diego, 21 July 1955. She arrived 24 July, and was inspected by Secretary of the Navy C. S. Thomas on 26 July. The first ship of her design, Carronade carried out extensive training in the San Diego area until 19 March 1956 when she sailed to Pearl Harbor for a month of operations. Returning to San Diego for local exercises she made a good-will visit to Vancouver, British Columbia (20 August – 1 September), and then participated in amphibious exercises demonstrating the effectiveness of the inshore fire support ship (November 1956 – January 1957).

Carronade resumed local operations, upkeep and overhaul in the San Diego area until a Far Eastern tour of duty (18 January – 15 July 1958). She returned to the West Coast and local operations the autumn of 1959 when she departed on another cruise to the Orient. Sailing back to San Diego in February 1960, Carronade remained there and was decommissioned and placed in reserve on 31 May 1960.

Carronade was re-commissioned as IFS-1 on 2 October 1965. During the Vietnam War, Carronade served as the Flagship of Inshore Fire Support Division 93 (IFSDIV93), working alongside USS Clarion River, USS St. Francis River and USS White River. Shortly before decommissioning, all ships in IFSDIV93 were re-designated as LFR.[citation needed]

Decommissioned again on 24 July 1970, Carronade was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 May 1973. She was sold for scrap to West Waterway Lumber Co. on 1 September 1974.[1]

Ship awards[edit]

Carronade earned ten Battle Stars for Vietnam War service.


  1. ^ a b c "NVR - Carronade". Retrieved 2007-06-24.