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USS Mobile (LKA-115)

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USSMobile.jpg USS Mobile (AKA-115/LKA-115)
History
Laid down: 15 January 1968
Launched: 19 October 1968
Commissioned: 29 September 1969
Decommissioned: 25 February 1994
Fate: In reserve at Philadelphia, PA (as of 5/07).
General Characteristics
Displacement: 10,157 tons light
18,542 tons full
Length: 575 ft 6 in
Beam: 82 ft
Draft: 25 ft 5 in
Propulsion: Automated steam turbine, 1 propeller, 22,000 SHP
Speed: 20 knots
Complement: 50 officers, 592 enlisted
Armament: 4 × twin 3"/50 rapid fire gun mounts
Boats: 4 × LCM-8, 4 × LCM-6,
2 × LCVP, 2 × LCPL

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, earning 15 awards and campaign ribbons for her service.

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. The 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. As of 25 April 2003, she was berthed at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility in Philadelphia.

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