USS Fairfax County (LST-1193)

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USS Fairfax County (LST-1193)
History
United States
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: Sold to Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Manoona
Status: Scrapped
Naval Ensign of Australia.svgAustralia
Name: HMAS Manoora (L 52)
Acquired: 27 September 1994
Decommissioned: 27 May 2011
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
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 × 3 in (76 mm) (later replaced by 2 × 25mm chain gun)/50 caliber guns in two twin-barrel mounts
  • 1 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS mount.

USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) was a United States Navy Newport class tank landing ship.

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.

Fate[edit]

Fairfax County was decommissioned and struck 17 August 1994. She was sold to the Royal Australian Navy as HMAS Manoora (L 52) on 27 September 1994. The ship was decommissioned in May 2011 and in October 2013 arrived in New Orleans for scrapping by Southern Scrap Recycling.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HMAS Manoora (II) Royral Australian Navy

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