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CHARLESTON amphibious cargo ships (1968 - 1970)


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St. Louis 1980

Ships


No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
AKA113, 1.1969- LKA113 Charleston 583 Newport News SB&DD 5.12.1966 2.12.1967 14.12.1968 stricken 8.2015
LKA114 Durham 584 Newport News SB&DD 10.7.1967 29.3.1968 24.5.1969 stricken 8.2015
LKA115 Mobile 585 Newport News SB&DD 15.1.1968 19.10.1968 29.9.1969 stricken 8.2015
LKA116 St. Louis 586 Newport News SB&DD 3.4.1968 4.1.1969 22.11.1969 stricken 8.2015
LKA117 El Paso 592 Newport News SB&DD 22.10.1968 17.5.1969 17.1.1970 stricken 8.2015


Technical data


Displacement standard, t 
Displacement full, t20700
Length, m

175.5

Breadth, m

25.0

Draught, m

7.80

No of shafts1
Machinery

1 set Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 2 Combustion Engineering boilers

Power, h. p.22000
Max speed, kts

20

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm(kts)9600(16)
Armament

4 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, helicopter deck

Military load226 troops, 5280 t of cargo, 4 LCM(8), 2 LCPL
Electronic equipmentSPS-10F, 2x Mk 34 radars
Complement334


Standard scale images


<i>Charleston </i>2000
Charleston 2000
<i>Charleston </i>1990
Charleston 1990
<i>Charleston </i>1979
Charleston 1979


Graphics


<i>St. Louis </i>1980
St. Louis 1980


Project history

The first assault cargo ships specifically designed for the role, these ships were built under the FY65 (four units) and FY66 programme. They are considerably larger than the 'Mariner' and 'Victory' class conversions they succeed. Designations were changed from AKA to LKA in January 1969. They carry nine LCM as deck cargo, launching them with two 78t capacity booms; there are also two 40t and eight 15t cranes. There is a helicopter pad aft, but no hangar. They carry 226 troops.

Modernizations

1977-1978, all: - 1 x 2 - 76/50, 2x Mk 34 radars; + LN-66 radar

1990-1992, all: + 2 x 6 - 20/76 Mk 15 Phalanx, SPS-67, 2x Mk 90 radars, SLQ-32(v)1 ECM, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL

Naval service

No significant events.