USS Mobile (LKA-115)
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co.|
|Laid down:||15 January 1968|
|Launched:||19 October 1968|
|Commissioned:||20 September 1969|
|Decommissioned:||25 February 1994|
|Struck:||31 August 2015|
|Class and type:||Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship|
|Length:||575 ft 6 in (175.41 m)|
|Beam:||82 ft (25 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft 5 in (7.75 m)|
|Boats & landing |
|18 × LCM-8 and LCM-6 landing craft|
|Complement:||50 officers, 592 men|
|Armament:||4 × twin 3"/50 caliber guns|
USS Mobile (AKA-115/LKA-115) was a Charleston class amphibious cargo ship named after the city of Mobile, Alabama. She was the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear that name. She served as a commissioned ship for 24 years and 4 months. LKAs had the distinction of being the only ships in the "Gator Navy" that were not flat bottom. They would drop anchor several hundred yards offshore and use their Mike 8's (LCM-8) and Mike 6's (LCM-6) to ferry in the Marines and their equipment.
The name was assigned on 6 November 1967, and the ship was laid down at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA, 15 January 1968 as AKA-115. As of the date of her article in DANFS, she was still under construction, and was scheduled to be completed in early spring 1969.
Mobile was extensively involved in the Vietnam War.
Mobile took part in WestPac 84 and was involved in numerous operations. In the Gulf War, she was part of an 18-ship amphibious task force that was the largest such force since the Korean War. The task force arrived on station in the North Arabian Sea on 12 January 1991.
Mobile earned 15 awards and campaign ribbons for her service.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Naval Vessel Register: Mobile (LKA-115)
- Naval Historical Center: USS Mobile IV
- Naval Historical Center Gulf War Chronology, January 1991
- NavSource Online: AKA / LKA-115 Mobile
- USS Mobile commemorative site
- Military.com: USS Mobile
- 51 Years of AKAs
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USS Mobile LKA-115 was part of the Operation Eagle Claw rescue attempt in April 1980. Awards issued to crew from that rescue attempt included the Navy expeditionary medal and Armed Forces expeditionary Medals issued July 1980 for participation in the Rescue attempt called Eagle Claw.
OS2 Richard Medeiros, USN, coordinated emergency evacuation establishing communications with AFB in Germany from USS Mobile CIC center.