USS De Soto County (LST-1171)
USS De Soto County (LST-1171) underway in the Caribbean, circa 1958
|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|
|Fate:||Loaned to the Italian Navy, 1972|
|Name:||NMM Nave Grado (L9890)|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 1989|
|Class and type:||De Soto County-class tank landing ship|
|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
|3 LCVPs and 1 Captain's Gig|
|Troops:||575 officers and enlisted men|
|Complement:||10 officers and 162 enlisted men|
|Armament:||3 × 3 in (76 mm)/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.
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.
Grado (L 9890)
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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- "LST-1171 De Soto County". Amphibious Photo Archive. Retrieved June 26, 2007.