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Career Name: USS Mobile Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. Laid down: 15 January 1968 Launched: 19 October 1968 Commissioned: 29 September 1969 Decommissioned: 25 February 1994 Fate: Inactive reserve General characteristics Class and type: Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship Displacement: 8,368 tons (light) 18,600 tons(full load) Length: 575 ft 6 in (175.41 m) Beam: 82 ft (25 m) Draft: 25 ft 5 in (7.75 m) Boats and landing craft carried: 18 × LCM-8 and LCM-6 landing craft Complement: 50 officers, 592 men Armament: 4 × twin 3"/50 caliber guns Service record Operations: Vietnam War Gulf War For other ships of the same name, see USS Mobile. USS Mobile (AKA-115/LKA-115) was a Charleston class attack 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. LKA's 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. In April 1975, Anchorage participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon, Vietnam[1]. 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. The ship was decommissioned on 4 February 1994 at Long Beach, CA. She is berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia, PA. Mobile earned 15 awards and campaign ribbons for her service. References ^ By Sea, Air and Land: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy and the war in Southeast Asia Chapter 5: The Final Curtain, 1973-1975 External links 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 USS Mobile 51 Years of AKAs v • d • e Charleston-class amphibious cargo ship Charleston · Durham · Mobile · St. Louis · El Paso List of amphibious assault ships of the United States Navy This article about a specific ship or boat of the United States armed forces is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v • d • e