USS Charleston (LKA-113)


USS Charleston (LKA-113)

USS "Charleston" (AKA-113/LKA-113) was an amphibious cargo ship, and was the lead ship of her class in the United States Navy. She was the fifth ship to be named Charleston for Charleston, South Carolina and Charleston, West Virginia. She served as a commissioned ship for 23 years and 4 months.

She was laid down as AKA-113 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA, and was launched on 2 December 1967. She was commissioned on 14 December 1968, and was redesignated as LKA-113 on 1 January 1969.

"Charleston" was involved in the Vietnam War, and earned eight awards and campaign ribbons for her service.

Decommissioned 1992, she was mothballed at Portsmouth, Virginia. As of 30 July 2001, she was berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia.

There is no DANFS entry for the ship.

Trivia

"Charleston" was featured in Tom Clancy's novel "Red Storm Rising", in which she was sunk during the liberation of Iceland by AS-4 "Kitchen" missiles fired by Soviet Badger bombers.

External links

* [http://www.nvr.navy.mil/nvrships/details/LKA113.htm Naval Vessel Register: USS "Charleston" LKA 113]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/02113.htm NavSource Online: AKA / LKA-113 Charleston]
* [http://unitpages.military.com/unitpages/unit.do?id=200306 Military.com: USS "Charleston"]
* [http://ussrankin.org/id352.htm 51 Years of AKAs]


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