USS Fairfax County (LST-1193)
|Namesake:||Fairfax County, Virginia|
|Ordered:||15 July 1966|
|Builder:||National Steel and Shipbuilding Company|
|Laid down:||28 March 1970|
|Launched:||19 December 1970|
|Commissioned:||16 October 1971|
|Decommissioned:||17 August 1994|
|Struck:||17 August 1994|
|Fate:||Disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned (Australia), 27 September 1994|
|Name:||HMAS Manoora (L 52)|
|Acquired:||27 September 1994|
|Fate:||Decommissioned 27 May 2011, awaiting disposal|
|Class and type:||Newport class tank landing ship|
|Displacement:||5,190 long tons (5,273.3 t) (light),
8,792 long tons (8,933.1 t) (full)
|Length:||522 ft (159.1 m) overall, 500 ft (152.4 m). at the waterline.|
|Beam:||70 ft (21.34 m)|
|Draft:||19 ft (5.79 m)|
|Propulsion:||6 diesel engines, 16,000 brake horsepower, two shafts, Twin Controllable Pitch Screws
Bow Thruster - Single Screw, Controllable Pitch,
|Speed:||20+ knots (37+ km/h)|
|Troops:||Marine detachment:360 plus 40 surge|
|Complement:||14 officers, 210 enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × three-inch (later replaced by 2 × 25mm chain gun)/50 caliber guns in two twin-barrel mounts
1 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mount.
Fairfax County (LST-1193) was named for a county of that name in Virginia. She was laid down on 28 March 1970 at San Diego, California, by the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company; launched on 19 December 1970; sponsored by Mrs. James W. O'Grady; and commissioned on 16 October 1971, Comdr. John F. Neese in command.
Following commissioning, Fairfax County transited the Panama Canal to her new home port, Little Creek, Virginia, where she was assigned to the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. Into 1980, the tank landing ship alternated amphibious training operations along the east coast of the United States and in the Caribbean with regular, extended deployments to the Mediterranean.
Fairfax County was decommissioned and struck 17 August 1994. She was disposed of through the Security Assistance Program (SAP), transferred, cash sale, ex-US fleet hull foreign military sale case number assigned, to Australia as HMAS Manoora (L 52) on 27 September 1994.
- 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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